Forrest murder suspect waives hearing

Thursday, Aug 6, 2009 12:15 PM
Last updated 2:18 PM
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ATLANTA — A second suspect in the shooting death of former championship boxer Vernon Forrest has waived his first court appearance.

Fulton County jail spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said 25-year-old Jquante Crews did not appear in a jailhouse hearing this morning. Atlanta police arrested Crews Wednesday night, charging him with murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, armed robbery and other charges. Flanagan did not know the name of Crews' public defender.

Crews is believed to have been the getaway driver in the July 25 killing of Forrest, an Augusta native who was living in Atlanta.

Police also arrested 20-year-old Demario Ware this week, charging him with murder and other charges.

Both are expected to appear in court Aug. 19. Investigators are looking for a third suspect believed to be the shooter.

Police are also sending extra patrols past the house belonging to Ware's grandmother.

Officer Eric Schwartz said today that officers are making drop-in visits and driving past the home of Rose Thomas. Thomas told reporters after her grandson's first court appearance Wednesday that she had received a threatening phone call.

Police say Forrest, 38, was shot to death after he chased a man who robbed him.


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