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Military fugitive arrested on murder, home invasion charges

A member of the U.S. Navy wanted on a desertion charge was arrested in DeKalb County on murder and home invasion charges, police said. 

Neenahjah Rae-Kwon Purvis of Stone Mountain allegedly shot Maliki Jawuan Holt to death during a Feb. 23 home invasion at an extended stay motel in Stone Mountain, DeKalb sheriff’s spokeswoman Cynthia Williams said.

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Purvis, 22, was armed when he entered a motel room in the 4800 block of Memorial Drive, according to arrest warrants. He and Holt shot at each other and Holt was fatally wounded, Williams said. 

Though Purvis faces felony murder and first-degree home invasion charges in DeKalb, he will also be held for extradition to federal authorities on the military desertion charge. 

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He remains at the DeKalb County jail.

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