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Columbia police investigate 24 homicides in five years, three still unsolved

Columbia police have not yet arrested anyone in a triple shooting Sunday on I-70 Drive N.W. near Garden Drive that left two people dead and one injured.

Michael Walker and Jeffrey Jones were the second and third homicides this year. 25-year-old Shamya Brimmage was killed by gunfire earlier this month on Madison Street in central Columbia.

Between 2012 and 2016, police investigated 21 homicides and of those 21, only three remain unsolved. Police arrested at least one person shortly after 18 of those homicides.

In most cases, with a few exceptions, most of those arrested were found or pleaded guilty to either murder or involuntary manslaughter charges.

Here’s a breakdown of the homicide investigations and their results. Some of the cases had more than one arrest made but charges were either dropped or amended as a result of plea bargains. The final results are what are posted below.


Lamont Sargent

Arrest made: Durantrae Logan, pleaded guilty

Deaudre Johnson

Arrest made: Anthony Graves, found guilty

Bryan Rankin

Arrest made: Lamar Mayfield, pleads guilty


Robert Hill

Arrest made: Rudy Perez, not guilty by reason of mental burden

Brian Daniels

Arrest made: James Thompson, found guilty

Brandon Coleman

Arrest made: Dustin Deacon, charges dropped because it was deemed a “justifiable homicide” and done in self defense

Anthony Unger

Arrests made: Domionte Cheatum, found guilty by jury

Tre’veon Marshall

Arrests made: Nicholas Raheem Thomas, found guilty by jury

Joshua Murray, also arrested, took a plea deal and his charges were amended.


Betty Rowland

Arrest made: Donald Rowland, suspended sentence (involuntary manslaughter)

Rickie Dunn

No arrests

Walter Lige

Arrest made: Anthony Shegog, found guilty by jury

Derrick Brookins

Arrests made:

She’aun Prince, took a plea deal (burglary)

Darrius Edwards, pleaded guilty to murder

Dontay Tolston

Arrests made: Jimiah Lambert, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter

Martrell Smith and Derrick Copelin were also arrested but did not plead to murder charges.

Finley Steele, infant

Arrest made: Cody Baker, found guilty by jury


Deante Smith

Arrest made: Stone Midgyett, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter


Marquez Reed

Arrest made: Tyrone James Jr. ONGOING

Keith Chambers

Arrests made: Navarro Scott, Dariel Reid, Brian Hakeem Smith, ONGOING

Gabrielle Rhodes

No arrests

Ricky Randolph

No arrests

Gregory Moore

Arrest made: Jaclyn Rose, ONGOING

Kevin Hollins

Arrest made: Monique Parra, ONGOING

Anyone with information about Randolph, Rhodes, Dunn, Walker or Jones are asked to call 875-TIPS.

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