Autopsy prompts upgrade to murder charge in Americus

Carlos Santana Washington now charged in Nicole Keys motel death
Carlos Washington

AMERICUS, GA – Americus Police Chief Mark Scott and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are revealing a murder charge now for 38 year old Carlos Santana Washington, in connection to the death of 38 year old Nicole Ileia Keys.

On Tuesday September 14th, 2021, the GBI Region 3 Office was requested by the Americus Police Department to an investigation at the Kings Inn Motel located in the 1100 Block of North Martin Luther King Boulevard in Americus, Georgia. While at the scene, first responders found Nicole Ileia Keys, 38, of Americus unresponsive. 

Keys was taken to the Phoebe Sumter Regional Medical Center where she later passed away.

While at the scene, officers observed Carlos Santana Washington, 38, of Americus, fleeing the scene and was arrested after a short pursuit by officers. Washington was arrested on outstanding warrants and is also being charged with attempting to elude a police officer and numerous traffic charges. Washington was subsequently interviewed by GBI Agents after his arrest regarding the death of Keys. 

After interviewing Washington and the completion of an autopsy, probable cause was established to charge Washington. Washington is currently incarcerated in the Sumter County Jail charged with one count of Felony Murder, two counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Aggravated Battery.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Americus Police Department encourages the citizens of Americus and Sumter County to contact law enforcement with any additional information pertaining to this case.