2nd suspect arrested in teen’s slaying outside Clayton County barbershop

3rd known suspect on the run, while 2 others remain unidentified

Credit: Clayton County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Clayton County Sheriff's Office

An Atlanta man suspected in a shooting that left a teenager dead and another man injured outside of a Clayton County barbershop last year has been arrested, officials said.

Rontavius Deon Holt, 25, was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with felony murder, among other counts, the Clayton sheriff’s office said. Holt joins Jaimonnie Watkins-Causey in the Clayton jail on charges related to the shooting, which took place April 2, 2022, outside of Da Barbas Lab barbershop in the River Station shopping center off West Fayetteville Road.

A third man, Jamoriyan Keon’tai Eutsey, is wanted on murder and gun charges but remains at large, Clayton police said. Two other suspects have not been identified and police continue to ask the public for help in locating them.

According to the sheriff’s office, the shooting was the result of a botched drug deal and involved all five of the suspects. Investigators believe one of the barbers gave $900 worth of marijuana to Watkins-Causey, but when the barber asked for repayment, the group of suspects confronted him at the shop, police said.

That victim was beaten with a gun inside the shop, then wounded during a shootout in the parking lot, police said. A second victim, 18-year-old Anthony “Chyna” McClain, was shot in the face and died at the scene, according to police.

Police detectives were able to gather enough evidence to secure a murder warrant for Holt earlier this week and he was taken into custody less than 24 hours later, the sheriff’s office said. He was booked Wednesday evening into the Clayton jail, where he remains without bond.

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