COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – The first three months of 2021 were marked by violence. There were six murders in January, nine in February, and another nine in March.
This rapid pace of violence set Muscogee County on track to dwarf last year’s killings, a record high of 46, by June. But since March the killings have slowed down, though they haven’t stopped.
WRBL News 3 tracks all of this year’s murders. This list starts with the most recent.
Cordarious Bonner was shot dead on Veteran’s Parkway on May 26th. Two others suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting. Bonner was 21.
Columbus Police found Devion Miley Shot in Midtown Shopping Center near Pita Street Food on May 8th at 11pm. Miley was brought to Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown. The emergency room doctors pronounced him dead at 11:51 p.m. Miley was 20.
The police said Craig PerryThe 45-year-old was badly beaten by Christopher Tice on April 11th. Perry died on May 4th from so-called “serious head injuries” by the police. The charges against Tice were then raised to murder.
John Johnson was shot dead on May 1st in the Gentian Village Apartment Complex. Charise Douglas, Johnson’s wife, has since admitted killing her husband. Douglas’ attorney told a Muscogee County court that Douglas shot her husband in self-defense.
A shoot on Reese Road near Fairview Drive went left Dametrius Daniels, 26, dead April 11th. Daniels was pronounced dead at St. Francis-Emory Hospital in Columbus and his body was transported to Atlanta for an autopsy.
Paul LokeyThe 50-year-old was a Columbus taxi driver who was shot dead in Andrews Road on March 25, police said. Two people were arrested in the case. Before he died of his wounds Police said Lokey yelled, “I was shot,” on his control radio.
Two brothers-Eric Giddens, 21 and Quindarrius Giddens, 22 – were shot dead on March 24th at Motel 6 on Veterans Parkway. Details about what happened that day in room 524 are still unclear. Jacob Martel is accused of killing the brothers but has told police that the two brothers tried to rob him. The police deny Martel’s account.
Quindarius Ford was 17 when police said Marquavious Ford shot him on March 17th on Avalon Drive. Police said the shooting took place around 4:30 a.m. Ford was pronounced dead at 5:15 a.m. in Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown.
Police say Tanuska JacksonThe 31-year-old was shot dead just before 1:00 a.m. on Torch Hill Road on March 5. Assistant Coroner Freeman Worley pronounced her dead at 1:30 a.m.
20-year-old Maurice Talbot was shot dead on North Lake Parkway on March 4, but police did not reveal his identity until the next day. Talbot was pronounced dead in the emergency room at Piedmont Northside.
Quartez Thomas faces double murder charges and potentially the death penalty if convicted of the March 1 murder Jasmine Trice, 30 and Kiera Williams, 28, outside the family dollar on Floyd Road. District Attorney Mark Jones told News 3 he would petition for the death penalty.
Mary-Anne SmithMother and uncle are charged with the death of the one-year-old child. Aundrea and Johnathan Nelson pleaded not guilty. An autopsy revealed that the child had died from a combination of hyperthermia, malnutrition, and dehydration.
Police found Corey JonesThe 16-year-old was shot several times in Carver Park on February 25th. Jones died in the regional intensive care unit in Piedmont Columbus.
Emory StephensThe 31-year-old was shot several times in the Suite Bar & Grill on February 12th. Stephen’s body was sent to Atlanta for an autopsy.
Derico PrichardThe 37-year-old was the only one of five victims of shootings killed on February 11 on South Lumpkin Road near the former Signature Event Center. Prichard’s body was sent to Atlanta for an autopsy.
Police found Sara Holtrop, 18, on the living room floor of a house on Carmel Drive on Feb.10, suffering from a gunshot. She was transported to Piedmont Columbus Regional, where she died of her injuries. Elijah Farral, 20, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless behavior.
Tayquann JamesThe 36-year-old was shot in the early morning on the first day of February. James visited Columbus from his home in Patterson, New Jersey. Michael Brown, 35, was arrested and charged with the murder of the murder.
Anthony PayneThe 54-year-old was found stabbed to death in Lindsey Creek on January 27. On February 25, an arrest warrant was issued for Marcus Wayne, 47, whom the police identified as a suspect during their investigation.
Police found Joseph Dukes On January 20, Dukes suffered from a gunshot wound at the Moye Road crime scene. Dukes later died in an emergency room in Columbus. Deante Caruthers was arrested on February 4th for murder.
Marlon ReeseThe 36-year-old pleaded not guilty to shooting and killing his stepfather Walter Williams, 70, after accusing Williams of inappropriately touching his son. Williams suffered multiple gunshot wounds on Jan. 11.
The police said Byron Petty was killed in a drug deal that went wrong. Jaquarius Cole was charged with shooting on January 7th and pleaded not guilty on March 12th.
Damien Nesbitt was the first murder of 2021 in Columbus. Police found Nesbitt in the Orleans Apartments on 5th Ave. on January 6th.. He was pronounced dead in Columbus Piedmont Regional. Police said Nesbitt’s Lexus E350 was stolen during the shooting.