UPDATED: LPD arrests five in homicide investigation

Published 8:05 pm Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The LaGrange Police Department has arrested five people in connection to a homicide on Lexington Park Drive last week, and warrants are pending on a sixth suspect.

The homicide took place on June 27 during an armed robbery attempt that went wrong, resulting in the death of 24-year-old Javontay Carr of Columbus, Mississippi. According to Lt. Dale Strickland with the LaGrange Police Department, Carr was one of the individuals involved in the armed robbery of three LaGrange store owners, but ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“He was involved and according to them, he got inbetween the others who were shooting and the car, and they accidentally hit him,” Strickland said.

Carr was shot three times in the torso and was transported to WellStar West Georgia Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to a LPD press release.

The armed robbery attempt included suspects acting like they were working on a vehicle near Lexington Park Drive, and the store owners were ambushed when they drove by.

The investigation following the shooting led investigators to Columbus, Mississippi, where they interviewed several people allegedly involved. According to a LPD press release, Malcolm Jamal Holloway, of LaGrange, and Sellus Culvin, Anthony Morris and Christopher Jacobs, all of Columbus, Mississippi, were arrested and charged with one count of felony murder. Culvin, Morris and Jacobs were also charged with three counts of criminal attempt murder, according to the press release.

Strickland said through the interview process, investigators determined Holloway allegedly planned the armed robbery attempt but did not take part.

According to the LPD, warrants are still outstanding for Antony ONeal, also of Columbus, Mississippi. Pam Barker of Columbus, Mississippi was charged with tampering with evidence in connection to the case, according to the press release. Strickland said Barker’s vehicle was used in the robbery and that she had it repaired before investigators arrived.

“They shot their own vehicle as well, and she had taken that vehicle and had it repaired and actually hid it from Det. [Jeremey] Jones and I while we were in Columbus, Mississippi,” Strickland said.

Morris, Jacobs, Culvin and Barker are pending extradition to Troup County and more charges are possible. Strickland said he doesn’t know if the crime was gang related, but the men involved in the robbery were part of the Vice Lords and Gangster Disciples gangs.

Strickland said the LPD does not see many crimes of this nature where individuals from another state drive over to commit a targeted crime.

“It’s very rare and very unusual. In fact, I don’t know any case that we’ve had similar to that that we’ve solved,” Strickland said.

Strickland said he appreciated all of the work by investigators with the LPD, Columbus Police Department, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshal’s Office.