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Jealousy leads to teen's murder

Damarcus Wadell (Source: Westover High yearbook) Damarcus Wadell (Source: Westover High yearbook)
Nevarro Brinson (Source: Dougherty County Jail) Nevarro Brinson (Source: Dougherty County Jail)
Deyale Johnson  (Source: Dougherty County Jail) Deyale Johnson (Source: Dougherty County Jail)

November 30, 2005

Albany- Police say a fight over a girl lead to the shooting of 18-year-old Damarcus Wadell. Wadell was gunned down when he left work at Pizza Hut Sunday night.

Two Marine Reservists, 20-year-old Deyale Johnson and 22-year-old Nevarro Brinson and charged with killing him.

Investigators say Deyale Johnson and Damarcus Wadell were dating the same woman. "This case is not gang related. We have ruled this as a love triangle incident," said APD Lt. James Williams.

Police say Johnson and Brinson gunned down Wadell in the Pizza Hut parking lot Sunday night. The suspects ran away, leaving police few clues.

"They had very little to go on to start with. Using street sources and other traditional means of police work, we were able to make an arrest last night," said Interim Chief Bobby Hooper.

Johnson and Brinson were arrested at a Pinnacle West apartment on Westover Boulevard around 11:00 Tuesday night. "Any time you can take an individual off the street like that, we feel a little safer," said APD Lt. James Williams.

Off the streets and now behind bars, Johnson and Brinson are in the Dougherty County jail charged with murder. The two men are Marine Reservists, but they weren't on active duty and will not be immediately punished by the Marine Corps.

The Public Information officer at MCLB would not speculate on what military punishment they may face if found guilty of murder.

Interim Chief Bobby Hooper says the arrest prove APD is committed to solving crime fast even though understaffed. "The officers are voluntarily working over-time. All the beats are covered. In the investigative section, you have dedicated officer like these behind me who are over-time to do a good job."

Hooper say citizens can "Rest confident that Albany's as safe as it ever was."

If proven that Johnson and Brinson planned to execute Wadell, they could face the death penalty.

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