Covington murder suspect arrested in Crisp County

Press release courtesy of the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office

Preston being taken into custody outside the Ashburn Inn of Cordele.

CORDELE —  Covington murder suspect, Keyondre Preston, age 18 of Decatur, was placed under arrest on Sunday, April 21 at approximately 4:30 a.m. without incident at a Cordele hotel. A 16-year old juvenile was also taken into custody but was later released after being interviewed. Law Enforcement located a weapon and drugs in the room.

According to reports, the Cordele Police Department was notified Saturday night around 11:00 p.m. that murder suspect, Keyondre Preston was possibly at a local hotel. Shortly after being notified Cordele Police Department Major Taylor conferred with Sheriff Hancock on the location of the suspect. Additional Information was obtained that confirmed Preston was indeed in Cordele at the Ashburn Inn (1602 East 16th Avenue). 

Members of the Tri-County Special Response Team, GBI Bomb Unit, Georgia State Patrol Aviation, and the U.S. Marshal Middle Georgia Fugitive Task Force worked together on a plan to apprehend Preston. Two members of the Covington Police Department also drove to Cordele to assist. Preston was transported to the Crisp County Detention Center where he awaits transport back to Covington, Georgia. 




“It was teamwork between agencies that brought about a peaceful resolution. I applaud those who put their life on the line, and marched into harm’s way
to apprehend this dangerous subject,” stated Sheriff Billy Hancock.