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One charged in murder of woman who answered knock: two charged in party shooting

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Police have arrested suspects in two separate murders that happened in the past two months in Atlanta.

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In one incident a man was shot in the head and left to die after getting into a fight at a party in Atlanta. And police on Thursday said they have arrested two suspects: Jeremy Johnson, 18, and Santon Smith, 21.

The two were arrested in Montgomery, Ala. and charged with murder in the shooting that happened on June 14, according to Atlanta police. On Wednesday they were transported from Alabama to Atlanta, spokesman Sgt. Greg Lyon said.

The shooting happened around 11:45 p.m. that Saturday, Lyon said. Officers responded to 246 Polar Rock Road after getting a report of a person shot, Lyon said. When officers arrived they found a large group of people exiting a party that was being held at 252 Polar Rock Road, he said.

The victim, who has been identified as 18-year-old Stephon Thomas, was found dead in the driveway nearby of a gunshot wound to the head, Lyon said.

Witnesses said the victim had gotten into a fight with another man at the party, but it’s unclear what the fight was about. Through the subsequent investigation, Johnson and Smith, were determined to be suspects in the shooting. But police did not say which one they believe was the shooter.

In a separate case that happened in May, police on Thursday arrested Maurice Nesbitt for murder in the shooting of a woman who answered a knock on the door.

Nesbitt, 35, was arrested in the death of 34-year-old Rashawn Jackson who was found dead May 27 in her unit at the Venetian Hills Apartment complex at 1829 Campbellton Road.

Jackson was shot in the head after answering a knock on her door around 3:30 a.m., according to a media report.

“We don’t believe that this is a random act,” police Capt. Paul Guerrucci told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously, “We believe that whoever did this, they knew each other.”

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