Taveyon McNeil
Photo: DeKalb police
Photo: DeKalb police

Teen booked on DeKalb murder charge after tipster turns him in

A month after his arrest in Arizona, following a tipster’s tip on his whereabouts, a DeKalb County murder suspect has arrived in Georgia to face his charges.

Taveyon McNeil, 19, was booked in the DeKalb jail Friday on charges of murder and armed robbery in the Feb. 13 death of 43-year-old Willie James Hammond.

McNeil was arrested in Phoenix after the tipster heard police were looking for him. Javien Evans, 17, and Tamorris D’Tron Tyler, 26, had already been locked up.


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Officers found Hammond facedown in the doorway in an apartment located at 1201 Fairington Village Drive outside Lithonia.

Investigators believe the motive was robbery, though they haven’t revealed what the suspects wanted from Hammond. 


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DeKalb County firefighters said they got to the scene around 8:45 a.m. Monday.

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