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Jonesboro men indicted in separate shootings

JONESBORO — A Clayton County grand jury has indicted a man in an April 22 shooting that claimed the lives of two others in Rex.

The same panel indicted another man in the shooting of his neighbor in June.

Anthony Lee Douglas, 23, faces multiple murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery, aggravated battery and weapons possession charges in the 16-count document returned Wednesday.

Douglas is accused in the shooting deaths of Keith Andre Davis and Charles Avent. A third man, Sheldon Thomas, was shot in the back and is paralyzed, said prosecutors.

Police said the three men were “hanging out” behind Texaco on Ga. 42 in Rex when they were confronted by Douglas. Douglas allegedly pulled a Glock .40-caliber handgun and demanded they empty their pockets.

Douglas allegedly took their cell phones and packs of cigarettes and then ordered them to lay on the ground, said police.

According to the warrant, Douglas told the men, “This is not a game, I will shoot you in the face. This is about being a snitch,” allegedly referring to Davis.

Police said Douglas shot Davis and Avent as they lay on the ground. Thomas got up to run and was shot in the back. Douglas fled the scene, said police, but returned within minutes to retrieve a pack of cigarettes from one of the men.

Douglas was indicted in Clayton County in July for aggravated cruelty to animals, simple assault under the Family Violence Act, criminal trespass and simple assault.

Prosecutors said Douglas “got in the face” of his mother, Carolyn Forehand, and told her to get out of their house March 11, 2013. After he allegedly forced her out, he locked all the doors, according to the indictment.

The next day, prosecutors said he tied a plastic bag around the head and rear of a dog and stabbed it several times.

Douglas is being held without bond in Clayton County Jail.

Eric Lydell Smith, 41, of Brandon Hill Way was indicted on murder and other felonies in the June 15 shooting death of his neighbor, Eric Hernandez.

Smith is being held in Clayton County Jail.

Defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.