Three men will face murder charges for a fatal home invasion last month.
The men, along with another who was shot dead during the Feb. 29 attempt to rob a Martinez apartment, targeted the homeowner, believing he had cash for buying video games, according to authorities.
Leonard Jamal Walton, 18, of Maywood Drive in Martinez; Jose Lopez-Gamero, 21, of North Belair Road in Evans; and Edward Albert Brown III, 19, of Bridgeton Road in Augusta, were indicted for murder, criminal attempt to commit robbery, burglary and simple battery.
The murder charge was lodged because Justin Anthony Stephens, 19, died while a felony was being committed.
Authorities say Barrett’s 15-year-old son twice shot Stephens as he and Walton forced their way into the Cedar Lane apartment and struggled with his father.
Lopez-Gamero and Brown acted as the getaway driver and lookout, respectively, authorities said.
Barrett told police he heard a knock on the door of his apartment about 7:30 p.m. When he answered, Stephens and Walton, wearing masks, forced their way in, he told authorities.
Barrett’s son saw the men struggling with his father and got a rifle from a bedroom. After yelling at the men to leave, the boy fired two shots.
Both bullets hit Stephens, who died just outside the apartment door.
Authorities say Brown got into a car driven by Lopez-Gamero and went to a nearby convenience store; Walton later joined them in the car; and they then went to a motel near Interstate 20.
The three men are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center.