9 people charged with murder in fatal Georgia teen brawl

by: Atlanta Journal-Constitution Updated:

A fight between two girls led to a street brawl in Hephzibah and the stabbing death of an 18-year-old man on Fri., March 18, 2016, officials said. (Credit: YouTube)
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HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Nine people have been arrested on murder charges and one more person is wanted in connection with a fight that left a teen dead, the Richmond County sheriff said.

According to the Augusta Chronicle, Demajhay Bell, 18, was stabbed Friday afternoon during a massive fight in a neighborhood south of Augusta.

It all started when dozens of people came to the 2200 block of the Chaps Lane in Hephzibah to see two girls fight.

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Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree told the Chronicle the fight began as an argument between two girls at school, but continued to escalate over time as more people got involved, choosing sides, and eventually meeting on Chaps Lane.

Eyvette Byrd, 39, told police a crowd of 30 to 50 people came to her home wielding baseball bats, knives, pipes and other weapons to fight her 15-year-old daughter, according to the newspaper.

“This is the epitome of a senseless murder,” Roundtree said.

Investigators believe Bell was an inactive participant when he was stabbed in the neck. Roundtree said Bell was inside a house for much of the fight, but was stabbed by Demetrius Harris Jr., 21, Eyvette Byrd’s son, when he went outside, according to the paper.

Byrd, who is also being charged in the case, attempted to drive the injured teen to the hospital, but another altercation broke out, causing her to stop and get out of the car.

Bell then moved into the driver’s seat and attempted to drive himself to the hospital, but pulled over when he saw an officer nearby. He stumbled out of his vehicle and got into the marshal’s car.

Bell was taken to the hospital, where he later died of his injury.

Police arrested Quiauna Henley, 35, of Hephzibah; Quiasha Henley, 18, of Hephzibah; A’Lexis Cain, 18, of Hephzibah; Tyteanna Thomas, 18, of Augusta; Raheem Jobes, 19, of Augusta; Myah Dunbar, 18, of Hephzibah; Eyvette Lashawn Byrd, 39, of Hephzibah; Demetrius Lamont Harris Jr, 21, of Hephzibah; and Terry Lee Daniels, 19, of Augusta. They are each charged with aggravated assault and murder.

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Warrants have been issued for Eddie Doneal Carter III, 18, of Augusta.

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