Three defendants on trial for a 2020 gang-related shooting
It happened on February 5th, 2020
ALBANY, GA– Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a case that’s been waiting almost three years, will finally appear before a jury on Tuesday (February 7, 2023).
The defendants, Ramaill Thomas (22), Jarrell Stroud (28) and Quintarrius William (27) are being tried for an aggravated assault that occurred two years ago yesterday.
According to the indictment, a shooting occurred at Lincoln Avenue and South Cleveland St. on February 5th, 2020.
South Georgia Television was able to obtain Ramaill Thomas’ ( who was 20 years old at the time of the crime) police report from the night of the incident.
This report states:
Officers responded to the 600 block of South Harding Street in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, the victim, Brion King, stated he had been shot in the right side of his neck and shoulder while walking back from the EZ Corner gas station on South Slappey Blvd.
After King was struck, he stated he jumped over a fence and began running toward his Grandmother’s house.
Specifically, the police report says “King stated that he knows it had to be a West Side Rattler that shot him.”
King was transported to Phoebe Putney to be treated for his injuries and fortunately survived.
According to the report, King and an additional witness stated they say three to four black males roll down a window of an early 2000’s black Pontiac Vibe and shoot at King.
The affidavits and warrants issued by Albany Police officer, Johnny Foreman, state that all three defendants are known affiliates of the Westside Rattlers and Brion King is an affiliate of the J-Block- both local Albany gangs.
Search warrants were issued February of 2020 for the following:
- Facebook account of Jarrell Stround
- Facebook account of Brion King
- Facebook account of Ramaill Thomas
- A vehicle belonging to Katy Fields
The official application for each social media search warrant states every account was to be searched for Gang related photos, videos, phone numbers, private messages, graffiti, gang bibles, clothing, symbols and more.
The suspected Pontiac was revealed from a nearby home camera and the EZ Coroner surveillance footage and later searched on February 7th. On the official return document it stated the following inventory was taken pursuant to the warrant:
- One (1) Blazer Lunger 9 mm spent shell casing
- Six (6) latent print cards
More evidence and approximately 10 witnesses are set to be brought fourth in the trial.
All three defendants were charged on the counts of Aggravated Assault and Violation of Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act on the original indictment issued in April of 2021.
However, in July of 2022, the State prosecution asked for motion to Nolle Prosequi (a notion to not prosecute) regarding the gang-related charge for Quintarrius Williams.
The Prosecution’s formal motion states:
“Although probable cause existed to justify arrest on the gang charge, the State does not believe it will be able to prove every essential element of that offense beyond a reasonable doubt to a unanimous twelve-person jury in Dougherty County based on the current state of evidence against defendant.”
This motion was approved by the Honorable Judge Denise Marshall.
The information stated above was obtained through the Superior Court of Dougherty County and is subject to change as this trial progresses.
This case sits at the hands of Judge Denise Marrshall and is set to begin Tuesday morning.
Stay tuned on-air and online as South Georgia Television brings you all the details from inside the courtroom.