Two of the three suspects in the shooting death of a 26-year-old Newton man in the Silos of Ellington neighborhood last year will be tried together after the motion for a joint trial was approved by Alcovy Judicial Circuit Chief Judge John M. Ott Tuesday.
Curtis David McCammon, Hentrez Macquette Reed and Areon Diamante Clemons were all arrested and charged with possession of firearm during the commission of a crime, criminal attempt to commit robbery, malice murder, murder and aggravated assault.
Reed and McCammon will be tried together. Clemons is expected to testify in that trail.
McCammon is also facing a separate trial on additional charges, which include theft by taking, two counts of burglary in the first degree, entering an automobile and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He is represented by Newton County Public Defender Teri Smith Doepke.
Reed is represented by Attorney Beau A. Worthington by employment.
Around 11 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2015, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) responded to Springlake Terrace in the Silos of Ellington neighborhood and located a male victim on the ground that had been shot. The victim, Nigiel Cliffard James, was transported to Grady hospital and later pronounced deceased.
The trio was later identified and arrested in connection to the shooting. At the time of their arrest, McCammon was 18-years-old, Reed was 21-years-old and Clemons was 19-years-old.