Cops charge Moultrie man with murder

A Moultrie man is charged in an April 25 shooting death on Sardis Church Road. He also faces a charge related to a separate shooting April 19. Police charged 26-year-old Eric Demetrius Lamar of 521 Fourth Court with aggravated assault for the April 19 shooting and murder for the April 25 shooting.

Colquitt County Sheriff's Investigator Lt. Shannon Hart said 41-year-old Bernardino Perez Barcenas of 177 Cherry Ave. was found shot to death in a driveway on Sardis Church Road at 10:42 p.m. April 25. Barcenas was shot twice and was dead when deputies arrived at the scene.

A deputy responded to the house and spoke with its occupant, Hermebn Egilda. He stated he saw a green Ford Expedition speed up toward his house, turn out its lights and fire several shots. A green Expedition was also described as being involved in a home invasion later that night on Circle Road in which two other men were shot. Hart said the murder and home invasion remain under investigation, and he believes more people will be charged related to both incidents.

In the previous charge, Moultrie police officers responded to a house on 12th Avenue Southwest at 4:51 p.m. April 19 after a witness reported hearing two or three gunshots and saw a black male running. The description led the officer to a house on Ninth Street Southwest, and he found the front door open and a television on but no one inside. A second officer arrived, and they spoke to Courtney Almond, who arrived shortly after officers.

Almond told the officers she was outside the house frying chicken when she heard the gunshots and went inside to get her kids and then left the scene. She then stated she and Rickie Yates were frying chicken when Lamar allegedly walked up, pulled out a gun and told Yates to get on the ground, threatening to kill him.

Almond stated Yates ran from the scene, and Lamar allegedly fired two or three shots at him. Officers found a shed that had been shot, and two shell casings were found underneath a carport, the police reports stated.

The officers were then able to speak with Yates, and he gave a similar account to what Almond told them. He also had a laceration to his left knee, which was consistent with an injury caused by running through the woods, the reports said.

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