Valdosta Daily Times

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July 22, 2009

Two teens charged with murder

VALDOSTA — Authorities are releasing the names of two people arrested in connection with the July 5 shooting death of 24-year-old Antonio Jermaine Mitchell of Valdosta.

Lewis Mitchell Jr., 19, and Cheryl Core, 19, both of Lowndes County, were taken into custody July 9 and July 10, respectively, said Valdosta Police Department Cmdr. Eugene Bell.

Both are charged with murder and aggravated assault and are being held at Lowndes County Jail without bond.

“We have a pretty clear idea of why this incident occurred and there is no doubt about the involvement of the two we arrested,” Bell added.

Mitchell was arrested at his Whitewater Road home and Core was arrested at the Valdosta Police Department.

No firearm has been recovered.

Bell said that the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office assisted Valdosta police in locating and arresting Mitchell.

The shooting occurred Sunday, July 5, at Stone Creek Apartments, located at 1197 Melody Lane.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., Valdosta police were dispatched to the apartment complex to find Mitchell dead inside a vehicle in the complex parking lot, as well as an injured victim, Desmond Jones, near one of the apartment buildings. Both men suffered multiple gunshot wounds to their bodies, Bell said.

Jones was given first aid and transported to an area hospital. He has since been treated and released.

Police said other individuals are being sought in conjunction with this crime.

However, names are being withheld due to the nature of the ongoing investigation.

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