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Five people charged in Camilla murder case

June 10, 2003
Camilla-When two young Camilla men showed up at this house late Friday night, they never expected to walk up on an armed robbery. So they turned to run and were shot in the back.

"After Niko and Mr. Riggens saw that it was a robbery both of them tried to break and run and both of them were shot," said Beverly Keaton, the victim's aunt.

19-year-old Niko Neal was found laying in the grass. He later died. Aaron Riggens survived.

Police say three men, Brandon Dowell, Christopher Zanders and Travis Mack, and a juvenile stormed the house, while another juvenile waited in a get-away car.

"They got all the people, brought them into the living room and had them tied up laying on the living room floor," said Vernon Nobles, a Camilla investigator.

They were looking for money and maybe drugs.

"The four defendants went in the residents hollerin' out where's the dope and the money," Nobles said.

The two juveniles were caught in Camilla. The three adults were caught in Jasper, Florida, where they live. Neal's family says he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"He was just an innocent bystander passing by at the time," said Angelina Grissom, Neal's sister.

The case is similar to four others in south Georgia. Five men were killed in two home invasions in Coffee County in March. Just last week in Albany, masked gunmen killed a man at Strawder Fox Apartments. That came after a similar murder at West Road Apartments in December.

"We have had some contact with Albany Police," Nobles said. "I'm not familiar enough with their case to say if it's similar or not."

 Police did say in the Albany cases, no one was tied up during the robberies. No arrests have been made in either Albany case.

The three men are in the Mitchell County Jail and the two juveniles are in Blakey at the Youth Detention Center.

Niko Neal's three-week old baby girl, that was born premature, is suppose to come home from the hospital tomorrow.

posted at 10:10 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com

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