Another person has been arrested following the murder of a Berry College student last month.
His roommate, Andrew David Horton, 22, of Savannah, has been arrested on three counts, according to Floyd County Jail record. They are tampering with evidence (felony); possession and use of drug-related objects; and marijuana (possession of less than one ounce).
According to the narrative in the arrest report at the jail (courtesy of David Crowder of WRGA)”
“The listed accused did committed the listed offense when he did, with intent to conceal evidence and disrupt an investigation, remove items of evidence from his apartment following the shooting death of roommate. The accused removed marijuana, a smoking device and a butane torch from the apartment and hid said items at another apartment. During an interview, the accused admitted to removing the aforementioned items so that investigators would not view him or his roommate in a negative way. Moreover, the accused can be seen on the apartment complex’s video surveillance making multiple trips, removing items of evidence, prior to calling E911 regarding the shooting of his roommate.”
In addition, the report continues:
The accused was in possession of less tan one ounce of marijuana, a smoking device and a butane torch when he did have said items in his possession while removing the items from the crime scene. The accused also has been charged with tampering with evidence in connection with this case. “
This comment from Berry College on Monday morning: “This is an ongoing investigation and we are fully cooperating with the Floyd County Police.”
As funeral plans came together for Joseph McDaniel, Floyd County Police investigators continue to track leads in his shooting death early Saturday morning off Old Summerville Road.
As of Wednesday, “they’re making lots of progress,” says Maj. Jeff Jones when asked about the status of the case, which includes the arrest of two men on murder and other charges later that Saturday.
Police Investigator Amy Nails was on the Berry College campus on Tuesday, interviewing students about the case, according to Viking Fusion, the college’s multimedia website. McDaniel was a junior at Berry at the time of his death. The suspects drove from Columbus to Summerstone Apartments and had an “altercation” with McDaniel, Nails told the publication.
A funeral Mass was held Saturday for McDaniel at St. Anne Catholic Church in Columbus. An on-campus memorial will be scheduled soon as well.
TWO CHARGED IN STUDENTS DEATH
Both suspects in the murder of a 20-year-old Berry College student are now being held without bond in the Floyd County Jail. Charged with killing Joseph McDaniel, nicknamed Malibu, of Columbus are:
Ricket Damon Carter, 19, of Columbus. Charges: Murder (felony, nonfamily, gun; robbery; aggravated assault; possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of or attempted (certain felonies); and purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of marijuana.
Troy Jamal Cokley, 19, Riverdale: Murder (felony, nonfamily, gun; aggravated assault; robbery; possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of or attempted (certain felonies); and purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of marijuana. (The robbery charge is now show for Cokley; a check of jail records this morning shows the additional charge).