Second man charged with Deonn Carter’s murder

Tyquez D. Davis
Tyquez D. Davis

A second individual was arrested on a murder charge related to the death of Deonn Carter, an autistic man who died 11 days after he was shot Aug. 9 during an armed robbery attempt outside of his Armour Road home, Columbus Police Maj. Gil Slouchick confirmed.

Tyquez D. Davis, 18, and Travarus Daiquan Thomas, 19, were charged with Carter’s murder.

Slouchick said other murder warrants have been issued.

As a bagger and stocker at the Piggly Wiggly on River Road, Carter developed a special bond with firefighters and police officers who shop there regularly.

“When you go in there, he knows everybody in the fire department. He knows your rank. He knows what station you’re at. He knows what squad you work on,” said Sgt. Richard Barfield, who works at Fire Station 6 on Brown Avenue. “He’s the same way with the police department. He knows everybody.”

When Columbus emergency service personnel responded to shooting that occurred around 9:28 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Britt David apartment complex, they were shocked to learn that Carter was the victim.

Carter was transported to Columbus Midtown Medical Center, where he’s intially listed in stable condition. At 11:41 a.m. Saturday, the 31-year-old man was pronounced dead of a pulmonary embolism in the intensive care unit.

His body was sent to the state crime lab in Decatur for an autopsy.

Sarah Robinson: 706-571-8622, @sarahR_92