Stockbridge double-shooting suspect arrested in Fla.

Dewayne Straughter is facing charges of murder, burglary, armed robbery, possession of a weapon or firearm during a crime, felon with a handgun and two charges of aggravated assault, according to warrants sworn out March 5 and pending before Magistrate Judge Wanda Dallas. Sheriff Victor Hill said Straughter was arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. Straughter does not show up in the current inmate roster there as of press time. (Special Photo: CCSO)

STOCKBRIDGE — The suspect in a March 2 double shooting that killed one person on Mt. Zion Road is in custody in Florida and faces multiple charges in Clayton County.

Dewayne Straughter is facing charges of murder, burglary, armed robbery, possession of a weapon or firearm during a crime, felon with a handgun and two charges of aggravated assault, according to warrants sworn out March 5 and pending before Magistrate Judge Wanda Dallas.

The Clayton County Police Department said officers responded to the shooting in the 3100 block of Mt. Zion Road, where they found two gunshot victims. Kennedy Torrey Jr., 22, suffered a single bullet wound to the head, while a second unnamed victim was shot in the leg and stomach. Both were transported to area hospitals, but Torrey died at the hospital. According to CCPD, “The suspect in this incident is believed to have been known by the victims. He is in custody at this time in another jurisdiction on unrelated charges. No other names of the persons involved are being released at this time. This is an ongoing investigation, and no further details will be released at this time.”

According to Sheriff Victor Hill, Dewayne Straughter is in the custody of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Hill said Straughter was captured by citizens after an attempted home invasion robbery and that “Clayton County Police Homicide detectives after an investigation [were] able to identify the shooter as Dwayne [sic] Straughter and took out warrants for his arrest.”

Online court records for Manatee County, Fla., show several old charges for a Dewayne Straughter, but no current ones involving an attempted home invasion. The News has contacted both the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office for clarification as to the circumstances of Straughter’s arrest in Florida

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