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Murder, shooting suspects could stand trial in August

Brad Shealy Brad Shealy

It was clearer, as of Wednesday, when a Valdosta murder suspect and four Valdosta shooting suspects will stand trial.

16 year old Kevin D. Johnson had been indicted for murdering 17 year old Valdosta High junior Solomon Lee around 1:30 a.m. on February 22nd. Lee was shot and killed at the intersection of S. Oak Street and Kinchen Ln.

Police said at the time that the shooting stemmed from fights at an event at the South Side Recreation Center on S. Oak Street Saturday night.

Indictments had also been handed down for four people accused of being involved in a drive-by shooting on December 15th, 2014. 20 year old Khadisha Williams, 18 year old Justin Foster, 17 year old Jumanta Huggie, and 20 year old Dejanira Wade were all charged with four counts of aggravated assault.

20 year old Tanisha Finch was shot once in the leg around 7:45 p.m. in the 1100 block of E. Park Ave. Police said at the time that Williams was in a car on E. Park Ave and saw Finch, with whom she had recently gotten into an argument with, in another car.  

Police said Williams' car pulled up next to Finch's car and shots were fired at Finch's car. Police believe Foster was the shooter. 

"[All five suspects] could go to trial as early as August if there are no motions filed. Sometimes, you have a straight forward case where there are really no motions to file," Lowndes County Chief Assistant District Attorney Brad Shealy explained.

As of Wednesday, Johnson remained at a regional youth detention center. The four shooting suspects remained in the Lowndes County Jail.

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