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Covington man sought as suspect in murder of Atlanta man
Deante Hall

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers are on the lookout for Deante Hall, 36, of Covington, who is believed to have shot and killed Tony Butler of Atlanta.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) was dispatched to 403 Gross Lake Parkway Wednesday. According to a release from the NCSO, a description of the vehicle was given by the Covington-Newton County dispatcher while deputies were en route.

Rockdale County Sheriff’s deputies located the vehicle, a black Dodge pickup, and conducted a traffic stop. Inside the vehicle was a male with a gunshot wound, according to the release.

NCSO said the male, Butler, was transported to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Based on evidence and interviews conducted by the NCSO, Hall was identified as the alleged perpetrator.

Crime Stoppers has issued a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest of Hall, who is considered armed and dangerous.

Tipsters will remain anonymous and are asked to contact Crime Stoppers with any information, by calling 404-577-TIPS (8477) or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637).

This is the second shooting occurring at 403 Gross Lake Parkway this week. On Monday, NCSO deputies responded to a call and found a dead man, later identified as Julien R. Wyant, 24, of Conyers, lying face down in the parking lot.

The NCSO is aggressively investigating Monday’s shooting, asking that anyone with information regarding the death of Wyant to contact Crime Stoppers tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477), online or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637).

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment on this case as well. Tips can be anonymous.