Brothers indicted in Kentrell Jones Murder

By Patrick Yost

Employed author

A pair of Union Point brothers, now 18 and 16 years old, were charged with murder by a Morgan County grand jury on Monday.

Dontarious Lamonta Burke, 18, and younger brother Damarcus J. Burke were both charged with malicious murder, felony murder, armed robbery, felony murder and aggravated assault. The indictment comes after both brothers were arrested and charged on November 27, 2019 for shooting the death of Kentrell Jones. Jones, 23, was leaning against a vehicle at Morgan Circle around 8:30 p.m. when he was shot three times with a 9mm pistol. At the time of the shooting and subsequent arrests, Det. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department, said authorities believe Damarcus Burke arranged a meeting between Dontarious Burke and Jones. “We believe he was involved in setting up a drug deal,” Thompson said.

Authorities said they found a small bag of suspected marijuana near Jones’ body. Thompson also said Jones lost $ 50. Authorities claim the murder was captured on video surveillance, which allegedly showed Demarcus Burke approaching Jones first from the street and Dontearious Burke Jones from the back of a Morgan Circle residence.

At the time of the murder, Dontearious Burke was 17 years old and Damarcus Burke was 15 years old. Dontearious remains in the Morgan County Detention Center, and Damarcus Burke is currently in one of the state’s juvenile detention centers.

Jeff Burks, assistant district attorney for Ocmiulgee Judicial Circuit, said the state had urged Damarcus Burke to be treated as an adult “based on the gravity of the charges.”

Dontearious Burke was arrested after the shooting by a SWAT team from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at a Monroe residence. According to a published report following Dontearious Burke’s arrest, Thompson admitted that Dontearious confessed to shooting Jones.

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