TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Investigators with the Tift County Sheriffs office secured warrants for the arrest of DeAnthony Raphael Davenport, Austin Jermaine McIntyre, and Derrick Lamar Britt Thursday.
All three were arrested in connection with the death of Willie Bernard Thomas of Tifton on August 22, at 3116 Hill Crest Circle.
DeAnthony Raphael Davenport and Austin Jermaine McIntyre were charged with Malice murder, Felony murder, Conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Derrick Lamar Britt was charged with Conspiracy to commit armed robbery, Theft by receiving stolen property, Obstruction of an officer, and Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
In December 2010, the victim's brother, Andrew Thomas was shot during a robbery in the same neighborhood. Johnny Terrell, Vice Mayor of Tifton is a relative of the family.
He says this shooting hits close to home. "You can hear about it at another house, but when it hit your house, it's devastating," said Terrell.Family members say Thomas was shot in the backyard.