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Marshals offer reward in deadly Columbia shooting


The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $3,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in a Columbia homicide.

The marshals and local police are seeking three men in connection with the deadly June 26, 2023, shooting of Deshon J. Houston on Dove Drive: Alqueze Jones, 20, Deljuan Turner, 20, and Deazes Turner, 21, all of Columbia.

All four are charged with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

Police have already arrested four men in connection with the killing: Jajuan Crockett, 22, Damarkus Williams, 19, Bryton Allen, 20, and Ja'Shaun Barney, 19, all of Columbia.

Police were sent to two scenes the day Houston was shot -- the shooting scene and a crash scene.

Officers responded to a crash on West Gibbs Road and believe the four suspects in the death on Dove Drive were in the crashed vehicle, fled went into the woods and were "possibly armed."

Allen was one of the men accused of shooting from two vehicles, a white Ford Explorer and a gold Acura, when Houston was shot in the head, according to court documents. The vehicles sped away from the scene after the shooting and the Ford Explorer, which had allegedly been stolen, crashed.

Multiple law enforcement agencies searched the area for hours with K-9s and helicopters but the suspects were not found at the time.

Witnesses described people shooting from the SUV and someone standing up in the Acura's sunroof and firing a gun.

Barney is also accused of running away from police in the 5000 block of Clark Lane in November. He allegedly got into a vehicle and left, ending in a police pursuit. The vehicle was stopped with spikes on Interstate 70 near Creasy Springs Road and Business 70.

The driver of the vehicle, Alex Glay, 25 is charged with hindering prosecution of felony and resisting arrest for a felony. His next court appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday.

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