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Murder suspect booked in Newton County
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Keyondre Bernard Preston

COVINGTON, Ga. - Accused murder, Keondre Bernard Preston, was booked into the Newton County Jail Monday afternoon after his arrest Sunday morning in Cordele

According to his arrest/booking report, the 18-year-old was booked into the Newton County Jail at 1:54 p.m. on charges of aggravated assault, felony murder and armed robbery. 

These charges stem from the April 3 homicide that left 40-year-old Shelvis Dwayne Hillman, of Covington, dead as a result of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Two other arrests have already been made as part of the investigation. 

Working off a tip, Covington Police Department detectives partnered with Crisp County Sheriff's Department, Cordele Police Department and surrounding agencies to locate and arrest Preston at a motel in Cordele around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, April 21.

"A tri-county SWAT team assisted CPD detectives in making the arrest," according to a statement from CPD Capt. Ken Malcom. "Preston was armed by arrested without incident."

Preston was found to be traveling with an unnamed female and juvenile. 

"We are pleased to get this dangerous individual off the street and hopefully provide our victim's family with some degree of closure," Malcom said. 

Cordele is located about two hours south of Covington off Interstate 75.