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Three men accused of deadly shooting on Dove Drive extradited to Boone County


Three Columbia murder suspects accused of a deadly shooting on Dove Drive in June of 2023 have been extradited back to Boone County.

According to the Boone County Sheriff Office online inmate roster, Alqueze Jones, Deazes Turner and Deljuan Turner were booked in the Boone County Jail Wednesday night.

They were arrested in Oklahoma earlier this month by the Muscogee Nation Lighthorse Tribal Police. Muscogee Lighthorse Tribal Police spokesperson Jason Salsman told ABC 17 the arrests of the three suspects started with a traffic stop.

Capt. Brian Leer with the Boone County Sheriff's Office said the extradition process went smoothly.

"There wasn't really anything special or out of the ordinary with this extradition other than we had three individuals at one location that were tied to one case," Leer said.

Leer said the trip to Oklahoma was a 1-day trip. Two sheriff's office staff picked up the three men in Oklahoma around noon on Wednesday, and they were booked into the Boone County Jail around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday night.

The three men are being charged with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon in the June 2023 death of Deshon Houston on Dove Drive in Columbia.

Four other men, Jajuan Crocket, Damarkus Williams, Ja'Shaun Barney and Bryton Allen, are also charged in the case.

While this particular case is being investigated by Columbia Police, Leer said the Boone County Sheriff's Office is responsible for extraditions.

"Any warrant that's issued by the 13th Judicial Circuit in Boone County is sent to the Boone County Sheriff's Office, and then we're tasked with maintaining those warrants and taking care of them," Leer said. "So, whenever someone is arrested out of county, out of state, the duty falls on us to go get them or arrange for a transport company to get them or arrange transport here."

Extraditions are nothing out of the ordinary for the Boone County Sheriff's Office, either. Leer said they are part of the sheriff's office operating budget.

Boone County has a transport unit with four staff, whose primary job is to transport detainees. They have specialized vehicles and restraints to make sure extraditions go smoothly.

He said most extraditions take a day or less. Sometimes, the sheriff's office pays for a prison transport company to do the extradition.

"Our jail staff, they put together a plan," Leer said. "For each (extradition), they're unique. It depends on what the case is, who the defendants are, the detainee."

While Columbia Police were not involved in the extradition process, spokesperson Jenny Hopper said CPD did send officers to Oklahoma earlier this month to interview the suspects.

Jones and Deazes Turner have initial court appearances scheduled for Monday. Deljuan Turner has an initial court appearance scheduled for Friday, June 28.

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