Suspects accused in the murder of 8-year-old Arbrie Anthony indicted by a grand jury
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The suspects accused of being responsible for the murder of 8-year-old Arbrie Leigh Anthony have been indicted by the grand jury.
According to District Attorney Jared T. Williams, the District Attorney’s Office presented a 25-count indictment against five alleged gang members of Loyalty Over Everything, also known as LOE:
- Antoine Rodrigues Redfield, 22.
- Kendariss Brown
- Henri Ramone Beach, 20.
- Destiny Rich.
- Antionous Wytell Thomas Jr., 20.
“An eight-year-old girl lost her life. My daughter,” said Arthur Anthony, Arbrie’s dad.
All five suspects are facing numerous charges. They include malice murder, felony murder, cruelty to children, violation of street gang terrorism act, possession of a firearm during a felony, aggravated cruelty to animals, and aggravated assault.
Rich and Brown are not in custody.
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Officials say this was in connection to two shootings, the shooting death of Anthony on Jan. 8, and the shooting of two other juveniles in the same neighborhood on Jan. 6. According to officials, Rich is not charged with the shooting on Jan. 6.
A 14-year-old and a 16-year-old were both shot at the Dogwood Terrace Apartments. Investigators later found 11 shell casings in the area.
“If it’s more people that were involved, I hope you know, justice is served,” he said.
“The breadth and scope of this indictment is a signal to all who are involved in gang violence: this community will not stand for it, and this District Attorney’s Office is going to use everything at our disposal to remove you from our safe society,” a news release stated. “We are going to root out gang violence in this community, and we will not rest until justice is done for these victims.”
Jamila McDaniel, Arbrie’s aunt said: “That’s the overall prospect that I want to give, that Arbrie’s death did not go in vain.”
We took a look at their criminal history. Thomas, Redfield, and Beach have rap sheets that include charges of murder, possession of a firearm by the first offender, possession of a firearm during a felony, armed robbery, drug possession, and unlawful street gang activity. Before this indictment, Rich had no criminal history. Brown, who’s accused of being a gang leader, had previously only been charged with misdemeanors.
Williams says the case has been referred to the newly formed Violent Crimes Unit for the DA’s Office, and they expect further charges to follow as the investigation continues.
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