Jalyn Lashaud Colbert
Photo: Newton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Newton County Sheriff's Office

18-year-old arrested in Newton County deadly shooting

An 18-year-old man is dead and another is facing a murder charge after a shooting Friday at a Newton County home. 

Jalyn Lashaud Colbert, who is from Conyers, was arrested in connection with the death of Covington resident Avantia Henry, authorities said Monday. Henry was shot just before 8 p.m. at a home on Kristen Place off Ga. 162.

By the time Newton County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene Friday evening, witnesses had already loaded Henry into a vehicle and were on the way to the hospital. Dispatchers got another call that the car transporting Henry had to pull off to the side of Ga. 162 about three miles up the road, sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cortney Morrison said.

“Deputies made contact with the vehicle at Larue Road and rendered aid to Avantia Henry until EMS got there to take over aid and transport him,” she said. “Avantia Henry was transported to a local area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.” 

Witnesses who stayed at the scene told investigators the gunman ran after shots were fired, according to a police report. Evidence was also collected from the home. 

Morrison said there was “probable cause” for investigators to take out an arrest warrant for Colbert.

“Jalyn Colbert was known to the victim and also (a) visitor at the incident location,” she said. 

Channel 2 Action News reported Monday that the teens were best friends and that the shooting was accidental. Police have not confirmed those details.

Colbert turned himself in at the sheriff’s office Sunday. He is being held in the Newton County Jail on charges of murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and theft by taking. 

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