2 arrested nearly two years after 19-year-old shot, killed in Athens

Police have arrested two people in connection to a 2022 shooting that left a 19-year-old dead.

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On April 16, 2022, at 2 a.m., Athens-Clarke police were called to Cone Drive in Nellie B. Homes regarding a shooting.

When officers arrived they found, Brynarius Smith, 19, of Athens, suffering from several gunshot wounds.

He later died of his injuries.


On Tuesday, the ACCPD presented evidence to a grand jury to indict two people for the murder of Smith.

The grand jury returned indictments against Ja’Quavious Smith,22, and Shamon Elder, Jr., 22, both of Athens.

“Violent crimes will not be tolerated, and we will continue working with our community to hold criminals responsible,” said ACCPD Chief of Police Jerry Saulters.

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Authorities arrested Jacquavious Smith in Athens. Elder is currently behind bars at the Clarke County Jail on unrelated charges.

Both are charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and four counts of violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.