Tray Thomas, accused in Labor Day fatal shooting, in jail

The man accused of being the triggerman in a Labor Day night shooting is in custody.

Muscogee County Jail records show that Tray Thomas was booked into the jail on Tuesday. Thomas faces charges of murder, aggravated assault, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Thomas is accused of being the shooter in the Sept. 6 death of Gerald Dewayne Hatchett, 18, who was shot while sitting in front of 1519 25th St. Marquise Roberts, 21, is accused of driving the dark SUV from which Thomas allegedly fired. Roberts was arrested Sept. 8.

Detectives have said the shooter was trying to hit Jessie Favors, 17, who that night had just got out of a Honda Civic he said he had volunteered to return to its owner after the car had been traded for crack cocaine. Favors had been among those in front of 1519 25th St. when a man identified only as “T.J.” drove up in the Civic and asked whether someone there would return it, Favors testified in Columbus Recorder’s Court. He said he volunteered, and drove off in the car.

He dropped a passenger off on 27th Street and was returning to the 25th Street residence when he passed the dark SUV at 16th Avenue and 28th Street, he said. The SUV made a U-turn and followed him, and when he got out of the Civic on 25th Street, the SUV, occupied by three people, stopped there, he said.

Favors and the SUV’s occupants exchanged taunts, and someone in the SUV said, “Get him, bro,” detectives said. Then a backseat passenger armed with a 9mm pistol fired four or five shots at Favors, who ran behind a house and was unharmed. Hatchett, however, was hit and killed as he tried to escape.

Favors then drove the Civic up to 26th Street and 15th Avenue and parked, and returned to the scene. He left when police arrived, knowing there were outstanding warrants for his arrest.