2008-05-21 / Front Page

Teenage burglars indicted for River Road shooting

By Elizabeth Billips lizbillips@yahoo.com

The Burke County Superior Court Grand Jury has indicted two teenagers accused of burglarizing a River Road residence and shooting the homeowner.

Deandre Wesby and his nephew, Christopher Scott, were arrested in January after 71-year-old Martha Eubanks was blasted in the stomach with a shotgun.

According to the original incident report, she opened her backdoor Jan. 22 to find the teens, then 19 and 16, burglarizing her storage shed.

She tried to get back inside but was critically wounded when two shots were fired through the door.

A canine unit led deputies to the two teens who had her stolen property in their possession.

Eubanks remained in critical condition for quite some time, and, according to officers, suffered a heart attack and severe infection shortly after her admission.

Investigators say that when they last interviewed her several weeks ago, she was still hospitalized.

Both Wesby and Scott were indicted for burglary, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Wesby is still being held at Burke County Jail, but Scott was released on bond following a juvenile court hearing.

The grand jury also indicted two women accused in February stabbings.

Mary Lee Crumbley was arrested Feb. 5 after she allegedly stabbed a Good Samaritan who tried to stop her from shoplifting at Bi-Lo.

According to the indictment, she cut him on the arm and chest with a box cutter. She was indicted for aggravated assault and theft by shoplifting.

Chanise Dukes was also indicted for aggravated assault in connection with the Feb. 19 stabbing of her boyfriend, Isiah D. Cooper.

According to the original incident report, Dukes stabbed Cooper in the leg with a steak knife during an argument inside her Magnolia Acres apartment.

Police arrested her after finding a trail of blood droplets leading from the backdoor steps and down the sidewalk.

Dukes was also indicted for possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

Two suspected gang members were indicted for robbing Keysville Community Store twice in five months.

Donovan Jacquez Owens and Darren Markos White were implicated in the August 2007 and January 2008 armed robberies after they were arrested by Richmond County investigators for a string of armed robberies there.

According to the investigators, Owens, White and two other boys went on a violent crime spree in order to move up the ranks in their newly formed Burke County gang, K-9.

While Owens and White were each indicted here for two counts of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, all four boys face numerous charges in Richmond County.

Two defendants were cleared of charges when the grand jury returned "no bills" on their cases, which normally indicates a lack of sufficient evidence.

Tiffany Mary Reynolds was cleared of an aggravated battery charge dating back to December 2007, and Michael Conrad Holder was cleared of a February 2008 charge of criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark.

The grand jury indicted 19 other defendants on felony charges. They include:

• Jerome Carpenter: habitual violator, DUI, driving with an excessive blood alcohol concentration, failure to stop at the scene of an accident, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, no insurance, violation of the Georgia Open Container Law and driving with suspended registration;

• Big Willie Elmore: carrying a concealed weapon, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, driving with a suspended license, DUI, driving with an excessive blood alcohol concentration, noise violation and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;

• Reginald Bernard Hughes: theft by receiving stolen property, fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, failure to stop at a stop sign and driving without a license;

• Eddie Lamar Jackson: burglary;

• David Tyrone Smith: burglary;

• Cortavious Johnson: terroristic threats, stalking and harassing phone calls;

• Decarmathea Jones: theft by taking and three counts of forg- ery in the first degree;

• Drew Preston Kelly: theft by taking and three counts of forgery in the first degree;

• Charles Thomas Kight: failure to comply with the Georgia Sexual Offender Registration Law;

• Darrick Lake Jr.: fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, violation of the Georgia Safety Belt Law and speeding;

• Betty Newsome: forgery in the first degree;

• Cassandra Shereka Scott: forgery in the first degree;

• George Lee Underwood: aggravated stalking;

• Christopher Jenkins: theft by taking;

• Deale Rontule Wallace: theft by taking;

• Lindsey Ward: burglary;

• Donald Walker Jr.: robbery;

• Kadeem Leonard Wilkerson: robbery; and

• Donald Lee Cooper: aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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