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Jalyn Lashaud Colbert

COVINGTON The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is working to determine the motive in a May 3 shooting that left one man dead and a Conyers teenager behind bars.

According to the NCSO, Avantia Henry, age unknown, was shot at a Kristen Place residence. Investigators have arrested and charged Jalyn Lashaud Colbert, 18, of Salem Mill Court, Conyers, in connection with the shooting. Colbert was reportedly known to Henry and a visitor at the Kristen Place residence.

NCSO officers were dispatched to Kristen Place at about 8 p.m. Friday. While deputies were at the incident location, they were notified that Henry was being transported to the hospital by a private vehicle. That vehicle later pulled off the road at Ga. Highway 162 and Larue Road, where deputies rendered aid to Henry until EMS arrived to take over and transport him. The victim was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

NCSO investigators subsequently identified Colbert as a suspect in the case. A warrant was issued for his arrest, and he turned himself in Sunday. He faces charges of murder, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime and theft by taking.

According to Coroner Tommy Davis, Henry has been taken the the GBI Crime Lab for autopsy to determine the manner and cause of death.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to please contact Investigator Eric Almond at 678-625-1453. You can also provide information by contacting the anonymous TIP Line at 678-625-5007 or

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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