COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office has announced the arrest of two suspects, neither of whom is from this area, in connection with the triple shooting that occurred on Appia Way in late June.
According to Investigator Jason Griffin, Larry Grison Jr., 29, of 2152 11th St., Lake Charles, La., and Ricky Lamont Matthews, 29, of Grand Rapids, Mich., have been charged with murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and second degree cruelty to children in connection with the June 29 incident.
Calvin Kentrell Banks, 34, of 45 Appia Way, died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds he received. Two others, a man and a 16-year-old girl, were also shot, both of whom are recovering from their wounds. Griffin said besides the two known perpetrators, there were five others in the Cedar Creek subdivision house at the time of the shooting, including a 2-year-old child.
Griffin said the arrests came as a result of "good, old-fashioned investigative work."
Grison was actually arrested by an NCSO deputy the same day the shootings occurred in front of the Dollar General Store on Ga. Highway 36, although investigators remained tight-lipped on his possible involvement.
"Deputies were checking people in the area and this man matched the description (of a suspect)," said Lt. Tyrone Oliver in an earlier interview with the Citizen. "He had marijuana on his person, but we're not sure right now if it's related to the actual shooting."
Grison was found with six small plastic bags of marijuana and more than $1,000 in cash. He was initially charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Oliver said there were no drugs found at the scene of the shooting. Griffin acknowledged that Grison and Matthews were at the house with the marijuana, but stopped short of discussing the motive in the shooting.
Griffin said through interviews with different people, investigators eventually tied Grison and Matthews to the shooting, although Matthews had fled.
"We knew that Matthews had left this area and went back to his hometown, so U.S. Marshals were able to find him and arrest him on our warrants," he said.
Griffin said the investigation into this incident is ongoing.
"If anybody has information, they should give us a call here at the Sheriff's Office," he said.
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