3 charged with murder for Martinez home invasion

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Three men will face murder charges for a fatal home invasion last month.

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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.

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Common.sense
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Common.sense 04/24/12 - 12:42 pm
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Thumbs up to the Prosecutor!

Thumbs up to the Prosecutor!

raul
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raul 04/24/12 - 12:42 pm
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Interesting nuance of the

Interesting nuance of the law. One of your peeps gets killed by the vic, and you get charged with murder of your peep.

David Parker
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David Parker 04/24/12 - 01:16 pm
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First 48 nerd here. This is

First 48 nerd here.

This is a law in multiple states. If someone dies during the commission of a felony, all parties involved in committing that felony are subject to Felony Murder charges.

raul
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raul 04/24/12 - 02:36 pm
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@David. Was familiar with the

@David. Was familiar with the law where peep kills vic and all peeps can be charged with murder, just not when vic kills peep, other peeps can be charged. As Martha Stewart says, "It's a good thing."

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Willow Bailey 04/24/12 - 05:14 pm
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What Raul said.

What Raul said.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/24/12 - 05:19 pm
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Yeah, there's a law where

Yeah, there's a law where those criminally involved with a crime and someone, anyone, is killed, no matter the circumstances, can be charged with murder is on the books even though it's not related to the crime.

raul
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raul 04/24/12 - 07:47 pm
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Hey Willow Bailey, where ya

Hey Willow Bailey, where ya been?

GaStang22
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GaStang22 04/25/12 - 02:57 am
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I asked the question why they
Unpublished

I asked the question why they weren't charged with murder on the article when it first happened and someone said it only applies to victims being killed. I was bummed. Glad to see they were wrong. Not because I think any justice needs to be served for the lowlife who got killed, but just because if there is any way to keep wastes of flesh off the streets longer... I am all for it!!!

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