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Update: Two men charged in fatal Phenix City apartment shooting

Sarah Robinson

srobinson@ledger-enquirer.com

Raikem Jones was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. Monday of one apparent gunshot wound to the abdomen at Legacy Estate apartments at 300 6th Place South, the Russell County coroner said.
Raikem Jones was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. Monday of one apparent gunshot wound to the abdomen at Legacy Estate apartments at 300 6th Place South, the Russell County coroner said. mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com

Update: Two local men have been charged with murder in connection to Monday's fatal Phenix City shooting at Legacy Estates apartments, authorities said.

Qwaterius Crawford, 18, of Columbus was arrested 3:53 p.m. Tuesday and charged with capital murder. He was placed in Muscogee County Jail, where he will remain until he is extradited to Phenix City.

Daiquan Pearson, 20, of Phenix City was apprehended around 1:28 a.m. Wednesday on murder and first-degree robbery charges, authorities said. He was booked into Russell County Jail under bonds totaling $600,000.

Phenix City Police Capt. Frank Ivey said 23-year-old Phenix City resident Rakiem Jones was being robbed by the two men when one of the suspects fatally shot him in abdomen.

Multiple witnesses linked Pearson and Crawford to the incident, but police have yet to determine who shot Jones, the investigator said.

Authorities declined to release other details concerning the homicide, because it remains under investigation.

Original Story: A 23-year-old Columbus man was fatally shot overnight Monday at a Phenix City apartment, Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. said.

Raikem Jones was pronounced dead of one apparent gunshot wound to the abdomen at 6:30 a.m. Monday at Legacy Estates apartments, Sumbry said. His body is being sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for an autopsy, the coroner said Monday morning.

Phenix City Police said they were called out to the 300 Sixth Place South apartment complex at 3:32 a.m. Monday to check on a shots fired call.

The caller stated that he heard a gunshot, went outside to see if anyone was hurt and saw a black man bleeding from his abdomen area. He said he didn't see anyone running from the scene at the time, according to a police report.

Phenix City Police Capt. Frank Ivey confirmed that authorities are investigating the shooting as a homicide. He said Monday morning that no one has been identified as a suspect.

Jones' death marks the fifth homicide this year in Phenix City. The fourth homicide occurred Sept. 14 when 19-year-old Mariah Farrow of Columbus was gunned down in the 1000 block of 16th Street.

— Sarah is a crime and safety reporter at The Ledger-Enquirer. You can contact her on Twitter at @SarahR_92.

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