A man who allegedly had the same firearm that was used in the killing of a man in May was bound over to Superior Court Tuesday during a preliminary hearing.
Chief Magistrate Judge Rita Cavanaugh bound over Dantavious Lakelvin Blanton on the following charges — possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Georgia Street Gang Terrorism Prevention Act-criminal gang activity prohibited and Georgia Street Gang Terrorism Prevention Act-intent to obtain or earn membership or maintain or increase his or her status or position in a criminal street gang. He was not granted bond as he is on active probation.
According to the testimony of Spalding County Sheriff Office Investigator Colt Tolen in Tuesday’s hearing, he was reviewing a ShapChat video that had been posted on May 8 in the area of the 100 block of Tinsley Street in Griffin. In the video, he saw Blanton with a semiautomatic firearm (a Taurus 9mm). Tolen said he believed the firearm was used in the fatal shooting of Javarreis Reid, 25, of Griffin, at about 1:45 a.m. on May 9.
Tolen also said Blanton was a member of the YNKE gang.
The firearm that was recovered at the scene has been sent to GBI for analysis, Tolen said.
On Sunday, May 9, Griffin Police Department patrol officers heard gunshots in the area of Chappell and Tinsley streets and responded to the area to try to pinpoint where the gunshots came from, a May GPD press release stated.
Before they could find the location, officers were dispatched to the area of North Fifth Street where they saw a man lying in the road. Officers tried to give aid but determined he had been shot and died from his injuries.
According to a statement from GPD on Wednesday, the case is still active and ongoing.