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US marshals capture murder suspect
Man with Newton County ties in custody; accused of Monroe crime
Qumentiz Marquez McKibben
Qumentiz Marquez McKibben, 24, of Monroe, was accused of felony murder in connection with the Sunday, May 6, 2018, shooting death of Shaun Barfield.

MONROE, Ga. — Federal agents have captured a former Newton County man wanted for murder.

The U.S. Marshal Service apprehended 24-year-old Qumentiz Marquez McKibben, of Monroe and formerly of Covington. McKibben was wanted after a felony murder warrant was issued against him earlier this month.

The Monroe Police Department announced McKibben’s capture on its Facebook page late Tuesday night.

McKibben was wanted in connection with the shooting death of 33-year-old Shaun Barfield on May 6 in the Tanglewood neighborhood of Monroe.

Barfield was the second person fatally shot in two days in Tanglewood, and police have not said if the crimes are connected.

Keith Glass, the public safety director in Monroe, had said police searched “in and around” Newton County’s Lake Varner after receiving anonymous tips related to the deaths of Barfield and 43-year-old Darrin Bernard Barnes on May 5.

“Our efforts have yielded items believed to be related to one if not both cases,” Glass said last week.

Police Search off Bridge
Monroe police search Lake Varner off the Flat Rock Road bridge on Monday morning, May 14, 2018. - photo by Darryl Welch

In announcing the capture of McKibben, Glass said the investigations into the deaths of Barfield and Barnes remain active and he expects an additional arrest.

Newton County jail records show two previous arrests of McKibben in 2009, one in 2014, one in 2015 and two more in 2016.

Glass said he appreciated the help of Covington police, the Newton County and Hall County sheriff’s offices, the U.S. Marshal Service and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.