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Murder suspect held without bond after first court appearance

A Camilla 19-year-old had his first appearance in court after being charged with murder. (Source: WALB) A Camilla 19-year-old had his first appearance in court after being charged with murder. (Source: WALB)
DeAntre Diquion Butler (Source: Dougherty Co. Sheriff) DeAntre Diquion Butler (Source: Dougherty Co. Sheriff)
Butler sat quietly, never speaking, during his first appearance before a Judge at the Dougherty County Jail Wednesday morning. (Source: WALB) Butler sat quietly, never speaking, during his first appearance before a Judge at the Dougherty County Jail Wednesday morning. (Source: WALB)
Darius Keys (Source: Facebook) Darius Keys (Source: Facebook)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A young Camilla man is in the Dougherty County Jail, charged with the August murder of another Camilla teen who is possibly his relative.

A judge ruled Wednesday morning that Deantre Butler, 19, of Camilla will spend Thanksgiving in jail, charged with murder and held without bond.

Butler sat quietly, never speaking, during his first appearance before a Judge at the Dougherty County Jail Wednesday morning.

Mitchell County Sheriff's deputies arrested Butler at his home on Tuesday without  incident, while serving a Dougherty County arrest warrant.

"We are certainly appreciative that he was brought into custody immediately," explained Dougherty D.A. Greg Edwards. "And we'll just be taking the investigation step by step."

Butler is charged with shooting and killing Camilla native Darius Keys, 19, on August 23rd behind the Cedar Avenue Apartments in South Albany.

Prosecutors said that they are not sure, but they believe the two teens may actually be related, but they are sure they grew up knowing each other.  

Officials said the two were in a car together when Keys was shot once and killed. There were dozens of people close by when it happened.

"There were a lot of witnesses in terms of people being in the area. But the events, I can make this observation, pretty much took place inside of a vehicle," said Edwards. So that's why, even though there were many folks in the area, not everybody might have been aware of what was going on inside of the vehicle."

The D.A. would not talk about the motive, but said the two reportedly had a disagreement earlier in the week.  

With the Thanksgiving holiday, Albany law enforcement hopes people will see this case, and leave their guns out of the holiday.

"We hope again that maybe some peace will come to our people and our community," explained Edwards. And certainly put the gun down.  As we have been saying, put the gun down."

A third teen was arrested shortly after Keys' death, but the charges were quickly dropped. 

Prosecutors said they do not think anyone else was involved in the murder.

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