COVINGTON - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has announced the arrests of three more suspects in connection with the death of a Conyers landscaper.
"As result of the continuing investigation by the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the GBI with assistance from the U.S. Marshal's Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, three more people have been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of Timothy Clements whose body was found in a Newton County Creek last Friday," said GBI spokesman John Bankhead in a press release received Tuesday afternoon.
Bankhead released the following names and charges:
· Christian Caldwell, 17, of 2103 Charles Cudd Court, Lithonia, has been charged with murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, armed robbery, concealing a death, false imprisonment and theft by taking.
· Brittney Beasley, 18, of 1278 S. Deshon Road, Lithonia, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
"Another individual has been charged, but is a juvenile," Bankhead said. According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, that person is 16 years old.
Pablo Maldonado, 22, whose address given at the time he was booked into the jail is 1738 Kirkland Road, Covington, was arrested Sunday in Anniston, Ala., on murder charges. Now added to those charges are aggravated assault, aggravated battery, armed robbery, concealing a death, false imprisonment, theft by taking and forgery.
Clements' body was found by two fishermen late Friday afternoon in Snapping Shoals Creek on Ga. Highway 212, which is believed to be the dumping site for the body.
Bankhead said investigators "have an idea where the murder took place, but are still investigating. The venue is going to be in Newton County," he said.
Robbery is believed to have been the motive for the murder, according to Bankhead, who said that Maldonado worked for Clements and Beasley was apparently Maldonado's girlfriend.
Clements' 1991 red Ford F-150 pickup had been missing but was located Monday on Evans Mill Road in DeKalb County.
The NCSO had received a missing persons report on Clements from his family Friday morning when he failed to come home from work. Bankhead said he was expected to be working in Newton County on Thursday.
"He was last seen leaving for work on Thursday at 6 a.m." Bankhead said.
The cause of death has not been released "due to the investigative value" of that information, according to Bankhead. Clements was identified by his dental work.
"Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown and GBI Director Vernon Keenan are grateful for the invaluable assistance provided by the U.S. Marshal's Service's Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force in tracking down all four individuals," Bankhead said.
The three adults are being held at the Newton County Jail, and the juvenile is being held at a juvenile detention center.
Clements leaves a wife, Barbara, son Kyle and daughter Lindsay. Services are set for today at the Conyers American Legion Post 77 at 1 p.m. Scot Ward Funeral Services - Harry White Chapel is handling arrangements. Further obituary information is on page 5A of today's Citizen.
A memorial fund has been established by friends. Donations may be made to the Tim Clements Memorial Fund at Bank of America. A deposit can be made at any branch. Or mail checks payable to Tim Clements Memorial Fund, 863 Flat Shoals Road, Suite C225, Conyers GA 30094.
Barbara Knowles can be reached at email@example.com.