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Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Georgia mother, 30, 'kidnaps her baby daddy's new girlfriend, 39, and shoots her dead in Alabama with the help of three men' as police say love rival slaying was 'fueled by jealousy'

  • Demetria Johnson, 30, has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the July 27 killing of 39-year-old Tameka Skinner in Columbus, GA
  • Three men, Shaun Johnson, 40; Joshua Tolbert, 30; and Jayvonn, 23, have also been arrested and charged as her accomplices in the plot
  • Tameka Skinner was the girlfriend of Demetria's ex-boyfriend and father of her two children, Martea Pettway
  • Pettway and Tameka were assaulted at an apartment complex in Columbus that they had been house-sitting in the early hours of Monday
  • Tameka was abducted by four assailants and her car was stolen, police said
  • Police captured the four suspects after they spotted a suspicious car near to where Tameka's car had been spotted, that fled and later wrecked
  • Police recovered a gun from the vehicle that police say was used to kill Tameka 
A ‘jealous’ Georgia woman has been arrested by police in Alabama after she allegedly masterminded and carried out a plot to kidnap and kill a love rival who was dating the father of her children.
Demetria Johnson (above), 30, has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the July 27 Assault and Kidnapping of 39-year-old Tameka Skinner in Columbus, Georgia, that led to her shooting death in Russell County, Alabama
Demetria Johnson (above), 30, has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the July 27 Assault and Kidnapping of 39-year-old Tameka Skinner in Columbus, Georgia, that led to her shooting death in Russell County, Alabama
Demetria Johnson, 30, has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the July 27 Assault and Kidnapping of 39-year-old Tameka Skinner in Columbus, Georgia, that led to her shooting death in Russell County, Alabama.
Three men, Shaun Johnson, 40; Joshua Tolbert, 30; and Jayvonn Phillips, 23, have also been arrested and charged after investigators say they volunteered to help Demetria Johnson carry out the murderous scheme.
‘Tameka was dating Demetria’s ex-boyfriend, father of her two children and she wanted her out the picture,’ Russell County Sheriff Health Taylor said. ‘Seems to be an old fashioned jealously deal.’
Investigators identified Demetria’s ex-boyfriend as Martea Pettway. The former lovers share two children together.
Demetria’s ire is said to have been struck when Tameka began ‘questioning her parenting skills’ to Pettway, according to Taylor. The sheriff added that the two love rivals had ‘some issues in the past’, but failed to specify further.
‘Demetria just wanted her out of the way and not dating her ex. So, Demetria recruited the three guys to help her kidnap and take her over to Russell County and kill her,’ Taylor said.
Tameka Skinner, 39, was found shot to death in Russell County, Alabama
Hours earlier, she had reportedly been kidnapped from a home in a Columbus, Georgia, apartment complex that she had been house-sitting with boyfriend, Martea Pettway
Tameka Skinner, 39, was found shot to death in Russell County, Alabama. Hours earlier, she had reportedly been kidnapped from a home in a Columbus, Georgia, apartment complex that she had been house-sitting with boyfriend, Martea Pettway
According to detectives, Tameka and Pettway were assaulted in the early hours of July 27 at a home in the Huckleberry Hill Apartment Complex in Columbus (above) that they were house-sitting
According to detectives, Tameka and Pettway were assaulted in the early hours of July 27 at a home in the Huckleberry Hill Apartment Complex in Columbus (above) that they were house-sitting
According to detectives, Tameka and Pettway were assaulted in the early hours of July 27 at a home in the Huckleberry Hill Apartment Complex in Columbus that they were house-sitting.
Pettway was said to be injured in the assault, reported to have taken places just after 1:00am, but he was left at the apartment complex.
Tameka, meanwhile, was dragged out from the home and her vehicle was stolen by her abductors.
‘I can only assume she didn’t want to harm [Pettway] because he’s the father of her children,’ Taylor theorized.
Pettway then frantically dialed 911 to report to police what had happened.
Investigators were later alerted to a possible sighting of Tameka’s car across the Alabama state line. Deputies from Russell County were on their way to locate the car when they noticed another suspicious vehicle on Porter Road early Monday.
The vehicle took off when investigators attempted to make contact and a high-speed chase ensued n Highway 169 to Wetumpka, Alabama.
‘Once the vehicle reached Wetumpka, Alabama, they wrecked, and all four individuals inside were taken into custody,’ Taylor said.
A few hours later, Tameka’s body was located in a wooded area in Russell County just after 11:30am on Monday. Her vehicle was located a few miles away from where her body had been dumped.
Shaun Johnson
Joshua Tolbert
Jayvonn Phillips
Three men, (left to right) Shaun Johnson, 40; Joshua Tolbert, 30; and Jayvonn Phillips, 23, have also been arrested and charged after investigators say they volunteered to help Demetria Johnson carry out the murderous scheme.
According to Taylor, the suspects attempted to burn Tameka’s vehicle and conceal it but were unsuccessful.
Police also recovered a handgun from the wrecked vehicle Demetria and her three alleged accomplices had been apprehended in. Taylor said he suspects the handgun was used to kill Tameka.
‘I feel like I can prove who pulled the trigger, but I don’t want to release that right now,’ the Sheriff said. ‘We don’t have any evidence to show she paid them anything. She just asked them [for] help, and they agreed to help.’
Taylor added that he believes Demetria had been planning the murder for at least a week.
‘We have a couple of statements that said the intention all along was to kidnap and kill her. What boggles my mind is we have gotten to a point in our society where life has absolutely no meaning whatsoever,’ he added.
Tameka’s family members spoke to WRBL of their devastation and heartbreak over the violent acts that brought an end to their daughter’s life, remembering her as ‘very joyful, humorous and caring.’
Sheriff Taylor said after speaking with the family, ‘I promised our office would do everything we could do get justice for Tameka.’
Tameka had children of her own, two teenage daughters aged 16 and 17.
The four suspects remain behind bars at the Russell County Detention Facility, and are due to appear before Circuit Judge David Johnson at 11:00am on Wednesday morning.
They are expected to remain held without bond, as they are facing a capital offense.

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