Murder suspect appears in court

Travis Santell Rabon

Travis Santell Rabon

CONYERS -- The Conyers man charged with the December 2008 beating death of a Lithonia woman appeared in court Friday to ask the judge to throw out evidence before trial.

Travis Santell Rabon, 23, of Conyers was charged with one count of felony murder, one count of malice murder, two counts of rape, two counts of aggravated battery, four counts of aggravated assault, one count of kidnapping, and one count of aggravated sodomy.

In the Dec. 29, 2008, incident, two women were allegedly beaten and sexually assaulted around noon at the Lake St. James Apartments off of McDaniel Mill Road.

Four women drove to Rabon's apartment so the murder victim Kiera Avant could pick up $100 from Rabon. Avant, along with another woman who went to her aid, were beaten and raped.

Avant died from her injuries.

Several Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputies took the stand Friday morning to testify in the motions hearing heard before Rockdale County Superior Court Judge David Irwin.

Of the motions, defense attorney Michael Waldrop asked the judge not to consider a letter found in Rabon's apartment during a search warrant. Waldrop also contended that his client was not properly advised of his right to an attorney before law enforcement interrogation.

Rockdale County District Attorney Richard Read, who is prosecuting the case, argued that the evidence and the interrogation was in the context of the law.

Waldrop asked the judge for 10 days to file a supplemental written motion before the judge makes his ruling on the motions.

The case has had several motions and is expected to go to jury trial May 11, according to public court records.