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Arrest made in Gum Tree Court shooting case

A 22-year-old woman was arrested by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) on Feb. 5 in connection with the death of 23-year-old Divante Simmons of Covington.

Micayla Christina Taylor was charged with murder and aggravated assault in the Feb. 2 shootings of Simmons and 35-year-old William Lawton outside 33 Gum Tree Court in Covington. Lawton was injured during the incident.

The NCSO is seeking information pertinent to the incident. Anyone with information should contact the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Brent Morrison 678-625-1442 or email at the anonymous tip line at