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Two face charges connected to Stockbridge slaying

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Police are expecting to file charges soon in a murder case involving a Stockbridge man found dead in his home, and a subsequent police chase that ended in a car crash in East Point.

Henry County Police Sgt. Robert Savage said Arthur Brown and Quane L. Johnson, are both subject to charges, after they were found in the murder victim's car in East Point, following a police chase on Wednesday.

Brown, 18, was taken to the East Point Police Department for questioning, while Johnson, 20, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, after the stolen vehicle crashed, following the chase.

Police revealed Friday that, Johnson, the driver of the stolen vehicle, will be charged with the murder of Jerry Davis, 52. He will also be charged with armed robbery. Police said an autopsy performed by the DeKalb County Medical Examiner's Office determined that the "victim [Jerry Davis] had been stabbed multiple times with a sharp instrument."

"Mr. Johnson will face these charges once he is released from Grady Memorial Hospital, and the criminal charges pending from his encounter with East Point Police Department," Savage said.

Johnson, and Brown, the passenger in the stolen vehicle, "will be subject to charges brought by the East Point Police Department concerning their actions against law enforcement," said Savage. "Two East Point police officers were treated for injuries sustained during the [traffic] stop."

Savage added that "evidence believed to be relevant to the identification and prosecution of the person responsible for the murder of Jerry Davis has been recovered by Henry County detectives."

On Sunday, Sept. 5, Henry County police responded to 297 Eagle Way in Stockbridge, after a concerned neighbor contacted 911, reporting having seen Davis' garage door open for an extended period of time, said Savage.

"HCPD officers arrived and discovered an interior door to the residence unsecured ... Davis was found deceased in an upstairs bedroom, the apparent victim of foul play," he added. "According to witnesses, the victim, an employee of MARTA, had last been seen leaving work on Thursday, Sept. 2. It was determined that missing from the residence was Mr. Davis' 2000 Chrysler Sebring LXI."

Numerous leads were pursued by Henry County detectives, the sergeant added, leading them into other counties in the metro-Atlanta area.

"On Wednesday, Sept. 8, HCPD detectives were in the Cleveland Avenue area of East Point, pursuing other leads, when a tipster contacted the Investigative Division with information advising the vehicle taken during the homicide had been seen on Bayard Street in East Point," said Savage. "Detectives went to that area and began attempting to locate the vehicle."

The vehicle was spotted traveling on Norman Berry Drive. Henry County detectives maintained surveillance while the East Point Police Department was contacted for assistance, added Savage.

Ultimately, the stolen vehicle crashed into the Norman Berry Village, a senior living facility, where the occupants of the stolen vehicle, both driver and passenger, were taken into custody by the East Point Police Department, according to Savage.