• Murder suspect shouts as he appears in court


    ATLANTA - A murder suspect's outburst startled a courtroom full of people.

    The man who yelled, Oshlusha Smith, is wanted for two murders.

    There are four other defendants in the case.

    Channel 2's Erica Byfield reported Smith stood up and shouted after a detective provided details on a home invasion where Smith's nephew was murdered.

    Deputies could be heard ordering Smith to sit down.

    After the outburst, Smith was separated from the other defendants.

    Smith, his younger brother, Cutrez Johnson, Kemontay Cullins are all wanted for a May 3rd murder.  Police say the trio shot and killed Michael Phillips.

    During the preliminary hearing we learned witnesses told police all three men had guns.

    Smith, Johnson, Cullins and Kayla Dixon are wanted for a May 10 murder.

    Police say Alexius Malone died after Dixon convinced her to go with the men to commit a robbery.  Police say Smith, Johnson, Cullins and Dixon all knew the actual plan was to kill Malone.

    As the story unfolded in May, investigators told Channel 2 Action News a third death was tied to the crime spree.

    Detectives believe two masked men stormed into a home in DeKalb County looking for the brothers to avenge Malone’s death and instead found their family.  The suspects shot four people, and a 9-month-old baby died.

    Witness testimony read aloud in court indicted Dixon believed Smith, Johnson and Cullins planned to kill her the night Malone died but she ran away.

    Smith's girlfriend, Diamond Thompson, was also arrested and appeared at the hearing.  Police say she lied to them they night they arrested Smith. 

    The judge bound over Smith, Johnson, Cullins and Thompson's cases to Superior Court.  Cullins' attorney did not show up. The judge told the courtroom he would have his preliminary hearing at a later date.

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