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Four indicted for allegedly beating teen to death with rock, killing bystander

Four alleged members of the Bloods street gang were indicted Monday in a crime spree that ended with an innocent bystander dead and a woman beaten to death with a rock.

Kayla Dixon was one of four alleged gang murders indicted in the beating death of a teen and the fatal shooting of a bystander in DeKalb County, prosecutors said.
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Kayla Dixon, Oslushla Smith, Kemontay Cullins, Cutrez Johnson face a 13-count indictment in the deaths of Michael Phillips and Alexis Malone, which happened earlier this year, according to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office.

According to the indictment, the unfolding events began when 17-year-old Malone and another woman got into a fight at a Stone Mountain apartment complex on May 3. During the fight Dixon arrived at the complex and reportedly called alleged fellow members of the Bloods street gang to assist Malone, prosecutors said.

The altercation intensified when Smith, Cullins and Johnson arrived at the home and allegedly opened fire, shooting and killing unarmed bystander Phillips, the district attorney’s spokesman Erik Burton said. Days after Phillips murder, Smith became concerned that Malone would reveal details about the shooting to police, prosecutors said.

On or about May 9, Smith, Cullins and Johnson allegedly lured Malone and Dixon to a wooded area where Malone was beaten over the head and face with a rock, prosecutors said.

The four alleged gang members face various felony charges including: malice murder; felony murder; aggravated assault, and violation of the street gang terrorism and prevention act, prosecutors said. Cullins and Dixon eventually surrendered to DeKalb County police, officials said. Smith and Johnson were later apprehended at an Atlanta hotel after an extensive standoff with Atlanta police SWAT.

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