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Second Stockbridge murder suspect surrenders to police

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

A second suspect in the April 28 murder of a 23-year-old man at an apartment complex in Stockbridge has turned himself in to the Clayton County Police Department, according to a spokesman for the department.

Claude Keith Hunter, II, 23, walked into police headquarters in Jonesboro on Sunday, and turned himself in, said police spokesman, Office Otis Willis, III. Willis said Hunter was charged with the murder of Andrew Wilson, who was shot at the Hyde Park Manor Apartments, located at 3386 Mount Zion Road, in Stockbridge.

Last Friday, the Clayton County Police Department announced that a manhunt was in place to find Hunter, and that he was considered to be armed and dangerous.

"There was a warrant out for his arrest, and he went ahead and turned himself in," Willis said. "He advised he did not do it, though."

Hunter made his first appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court on Monday, where he was denied bond, according to online court records. The online records also show that he is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in Magistrate Court on May 18. He is scheduled to have a bond hearing the next day, according to the court records.

The online records show that Hunter is being represented by Jonesboro attorney Herbert Adams, Jr. Adams could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

"It's good that he [Hunter] went ahead and turned himself in," Willis said. "Now, he'll have his day in court."

Another suspect in the murder, Jason Leon Heywood, 25, turned himself in to Clayton County police on April 30, and was also charged with murder.

Heywood's preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place in Magistrate Court on May 13, with his bond hearing scheduled to take place on May 14, according to the online records.