When DeKalb County deputies went to retrieve accused killer Gregory Montgomery, two people who answered the door of a Lithonia home said they hadn’t seen him.
Darius Porter said he hadn’t seen him in a week; Demetria Stanford also said she couldn’t help, according to deputies.
The repeated stalling gave time for Montgomery to position himself behind a closet door in the master bedroom of the home on Concepts 21 Drive. He piled clothes atop his body and waited for the deputies to leave, deputies said.
They eventually made their way inside and found him, arresting him on a felony murder charge in the death of Justuss Rogers.
Montgomery, 18, of Stone Mountain participated in coordinating and was present for the robbery that led to the death, warrants released this week allege. Rogers died in the South Hairston Road area after police say he was “lured” there with the idea that he would be selling cell phones, but instead was shot during a robbery.
Porter and Stanford have been charged with hindering the apprehension of a criminal.
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