A 19-year-old woman faces two felonies, including murder, after a deadly shooting at a DeKalb County home Thursday afternoon.
Jazmaine Denice Kelley faces murder and first-degree child cruelty charges after the incident at an apartment building off Austin Circle in unincorporated Decatur, DeKalb police said.
The shooting took place about 3:40 p.m., and officers arrived to find 24-year-old Marques Stone dead in the house’s bedroom, according to a police incident report obtained by AJC.com. The victim, who shares a child with Kelley’s sister, had been shot in the side of his head.
Two witnesses, Kelley’s sister and Stone’s current girlfriend, told police they arrived at the apartment shortly before the shooting, the report said. Three children, belonging to Kelley’s sister, also accompanied them.
While Kelley’s sister and Stone’s girlfriend remained in the car with the kids, Stone walked into the apartment and came across Kelley, who “wasn’t supposed” to be there, Stone’s girlfriend told police. Stone and the kids went into the apartment, followed by Kelley’s sister minutes later.
As soon as Kelley’s sister walked into the apartment, Kelley “frantically” ran out and left the apartment complex, the report said. Kelley’s sister then came running out of the apartment “crying hysterically,” saying that Stone had been shot.
Kelley turned herself in shortly after officers arrived back at police headquarters, the report said. She allegedly offered to show officers where the murder weapon was, telling them it was hidden in some woods about 20 yards from the apartment.
Officers took Kelley back to the scene, where they were able to recover the firearm, the report said.
Since Stone’s child witnessed the shooting, Kelley faces the child cruelty charge, police said. She was booked into the DeKalb jail without bond.
Zachary Hansen, a Georgia native, covers economic development and commercial real estate for the AJC. He's been with the newspaper since 2018 and enjoys diving into complex stories that affect people's lives.