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Man indicted in January shooting death

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — A Forest Park man has been indicted in the January shooting death of a business owner and tennis player.

Herbert Soward Lowe, 60, is being held in the Clayton County Jail without bond. He was indicted Wednesday on malice and felony murder, aggravated assault, concealing a death, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Prosecutors allege Lowe shot and killed Lisa Marie Davis, 49, at her Forest Park home Jan. 29. He is also charged with aggravated assault and false imprisonment against Velinsa Bell Johnson.

According to her obituary, Davis opened Destinee Travel in 2004, after working more than 20 years in marketing and promotion for Coca-Cola Co. She was an avid tennis player who was a member of the Clayton County Tennis Team, the U.S. Tennis Association and the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association.

A man indicted in March in the alleged hit and run of a Clayton County police officer faces a new charge. Thomas Areeco Paige, 36, was indicted for theft by taking. Prosecutors said Paige took heavy equipment valued at more than $25,000 from Trax Inc. Nov. 29 and Dec. 12, the same day he is charged with hitting Officer Michael Hooks with his car.

He faces more than 150 years in prison if convicted on all 14 counts in the March indictment, said Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson.

Lawson said he was indicted in March on charges of aggravated assault with intent to murder, four counts of aggravated battery on a police officer, two counts of aggravated assault on two other police officers, serious injury by vehicle, reckless driving, burglary, hit and run, obstruction of an officer, possession of tools for the commission of a crime and loitering or prowling.

According to Georgia Department of Corrections, Paige has a long criminal history. He was most recently paroled in 2009 after serving two years for burglary, false report of a crime, loitering, possession of tools to commit a crime and obstruction of an officer.

His prior prison terms were four months in 2001, a year from 2002 to 2003 and two years from 2004 to 2006. His prior convictions include theft by receiving stolen property and interference with government property.

Paul Douglas Keys Jr. was indicted in the alleged April 12, 2012, tasering of two women in Jonesboro. Keys was indicted for burglary, two counts each of aggravated assault and possession of a taser during the commission of a crime, battery, and third degree child cruelty.

In a separate indictment, Keys was charged with trying to get a prescription filled by slipping a Kroger pharmacy worker $20 Jan. 23. Prosecutors said Keys was trying to get alprazolam without a valid prescription.

Marvin Earlester Jones was indicted for allegedly electronically furnishing obscene material to a minor and sexual battery of the same minor.

Dontarius Antione Hunter, 23, of College Park is being held in the Clayton County Jail on charges related to an alleged Feb. 26 incident. He faces a 26-count indictment on charges including armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, theft by receiving stolen property, fleeing or attempting to elude police, reckless driving, driving under the influence, driving without a license, obstruction of an officer, carrying a concealed weapon, contributing to the deprivation of a minor, hit and run and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to Georgia Department of Corrections, Hunter was most recently released from state prison in Nov. 2011 for theft. He served a previous term in 2009, also for theft.

Michael Allen Nettles was indicted for Violation of Georgia's Employment Securities Act. Prosecutors allege Nettles illegally collected more than $4,000 in unemployment benefits during 2009.

Bruce Frederick Thomas was indicted for Violation of Georgia's Employment Securities Act. Prosecutors allege Thomas illegally collected more than $4,000 in unemployment benefits during 2008.

All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.