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Three indicted on felonies by Dougherty grand jury

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Demetria Harris Demetria Harris
Timothy Johnson Timothy Johnson
Andrew Gadson Andrew Gadson

Demetria Harris and Andrew Gadson were indicted in cases in which people died, and Timothy Johnson was indicted for shooting at police officers.

A 26 year old Albany woman is indicted for homicide by vehicle in the first degree and vehicular homicide hit and run, charged with hitting and killing a former Albany business woman walking across a South Albany street in a crosswalk.

Demetria Harris faces 8 counts of homicide, hit and run, and traffic violations.  Investigators say Harris had just been released from jail one week before on charges she led police on a high speed chase trying to run from them. 

Prosecutors say about 5:30 in the morning on June 22nd, Harris was driving a Chevrolet Impala about 5:30 when she struck 31 year old Natosha McCray, who was walking across West Oglethorpe. 

Prosecutors say Harris took off, carrying McCray more than 800 feet on the hood before she fell off the speeding car.  Harris drove a few blocks, crashed into a building, backed up and took off again, before finally crashing into a tree, suffering injuries.  

"But we believe beyond a reasonable doubt that this was a vehicular homicide in the first degree," said Dougherty D. A. Greg Edwards.  

McCray was the former owner of Clear Tone Communications. She is survived by three  children.     Harris could face 3 to 15 years in prison for the vehicular homicide charge if convicted.

An Albany man is indicted on 10 counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, after being charged with shooting at the Albany SWAT team.  

Timothy Johnson also faces gun charges as a convicted felon. Prosecutors say November 23rd police responded to reports of gunshots in the 300 block of 6th Avenue.  The SWAT team was called out because they believed Johnson might be holding his wife hostage inside their home. 

When the SWAT team moved in, prosecutors say Johnson opened fire. "Nobody was hit in the incident as charged. But it is still an aggravated assault if shots are fired at a person," said Edwards.  

Johnson could face 20 years for each count of aggravated assault, possibly 200 years if convicted.  

A 19 year Albany teen has been indicted for felony murder, charged with beating a man to death during an August robbery.   Andrew Gadson was indicted by the Dougherty Grand Jury on murder, robbery, and aggravated assault charges, and faces life in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say Gadson viciously beat 68 year old Raymond Tilley with a metal pipe outside the Clark Avenue restaurant where he worked. Investigators say Gadson then stole two guns from Tilley's truck. Tilley died January 21st, and the charges against Gadson were upgraded to murder.  

"We believe we have the sufficient amount of evidence to show that there was a robbery.  There was an attack.  And that Mr. Tilley died as a result of this attack.  And that felony murder is the appropriate charge," said Edwards.

Gadson is being held in the Dougherty County jail without bond.


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