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Two arrested and charged with murder in Toccoa shooting


One suspect charged in connection with separate shooting two weeks earlier

The GBI has charged two people in the death of 18-year-old Joel Keshon Green of Toccoa. 21-year-old Kentavius Broudmain Walker and 23-year-old Ty’Jai Trammel, both of Toccoa, were arrested on August 9. They’re charged with malice murder and felony murder. Walker is also charged with aggravated assault in connection to a separate July 26, 2018 shooting in Toccoa.

Shot in broad daylight

Green was shot in the head in broad daylight on August 8 in the area of 154 South Alexander Street. At 1:30 p.m., police responded to a report of shots fired and found him lying on the side of the road.

“Officers began chest compressions on the victim while waiting for EMS to arrive. EMTs treated the victim and transported (him) to the Stephens County Hospital,” says Toccoa Police Chief Jimmy Mize.

Green was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Toccoa Police asked the GBI to assist in the investigation. “GBI Agents and Toccoa Police Department Investigators with assistance from the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia State Patrol and agents with Appalachian Drug Enforcement Office worked tirelessly to identify the responsible parties,” a news release from the GBI states.

Police issued a lookout for a vehicle that was spotted leaving the scene of the shooting. Mize says the driver of that vehicle was located and interviewed by investigators. It’s not clear whether that interview helped lead to the arrests.

Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be provided to the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney for prosecution.

Second shooting in two weeks

This was the second violent shooting in Toccoa in two weeks. On July 26 another teen, 17-year-old Spencer Reason, was shot multiple times in an incident on Prather’s Bridge Road. He was injured and hospitalized.

Walker and a 17-year-old Samantha Breanna George of Toccoa are charged in connection with that shooting.

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