Crime

Fifth suspect arrested in Deonn Carter murder case

Defense attorney says he has videotape evidence that his client was not at the scene of Deonn Carter shooting

Stacey Jackson, defense attorney for Dequoyae Devon Waldon,22, said he has videotape evidence that his client was not in the area of the Deonn Carter shooting. Waldon appeared in Columbus Recorder's Court Thursday morning along with Travarus D. Th
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Stacey Jackson, defense attorney for Dequoyae Devon Waldon,22, said he has videotape evidence that his client was not in the area of the Deonn Carter shooting. Waldon appeared in Columbus Recorder's Court Thursday morning along with Travarus D. Th

A fifth suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of Deonn Carter, a 31-year-old autistic man who was died 11 days after being shot during an Aug. 9 armed robbery on Armour Road.

Tauron Stepney, 18, was taken into custody on a murder warrant at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at the Public Safety Building. He also faces burglary and violation and probation charges that are not related to the Carter case.

Stepney was apprehended hours after 18-year-old Quamaine Thomas, who was arrested on a murder warrant at 12:52 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Doyle Avenue and Forrest Road.

They are both being held in the Muscogee County Jail without bond for a 8 a.m. Saturday hearing in Columbus Recorder’s Court.

The three other men accused in Carter’s death appeared in Recorder’s Court Thursday morning to face a murder charge. They are Dequoyae Devon Waldon, 22, Travarus D. Thomas, 20, and Tyquez Davis, 17.

Waldon also faces one count each of first-degree burglary, motor vehicle theft and criminal attempt burglary.

Carter, 31, was shot during an armed robbery at the Britt David apartment complex. When Columbus emergency service personnel responded to the shooting, they were shocked to learn that Carter was the victim.

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

Carter was taken to Midtown Medical Center, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the left leg. Eleven days after the shooting, he died of a blood clot on Aug. 20 at 11:41 a.m. in the intensive care unit, Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said.

Sarah Robinson: 706-571-8622, @sarahR_92

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