The Russell County Sheriff says a woman’s jealously over the woman dating the children’s father led to a planned kidnapping and murder. The information comes as investigators release chilling new details in the Capital Murder of 39-year old Tameka Skinner.
Four suspects are charged in Tameka’s July 27 Assault and Kidnapping in Columbus that led to Tameka’s shooting death in Russell County. Investigators say the suspected mastermind is 30-year-old Demetria Johnson, who investigators say recruited 40-year-old Shaun Johnson and 30-year-old Joshua Tolbert of Columbus along with 33-year-old Jayvonn Phillips of Seale, Alabama to help her.
Investigators say Tameka was in a relationship with Martea Pettway. Martea and suspect Demetria have two children together.
“Apparently Tameka had been questioning her parenting skills, or they had some issues in the past. Demetria just wanted her out of the way and not dating her ex. So, Demetria got the three guys to help her kidnap and take her over to Russell County and kill her,” said Taylor.
Detectives say Tameka and Martea were assaulted around 1:00 AM, July 27, at the Huckleberry Hill Apartment complex in Columbus, Georgia. Investigators say Martea suffered injuries in the assault but was left at the apartment complex. At the same time, Tameka was abducted, and her vehicle stolen.
After Tameka and Pettway were assaulted and Tameka was taken, investigators traced Tameka’s vehicle to a location in Russell County. Investigators were headed to locate the vehicle when they noticed another suspicious vehicle on Porter Road early Monday morning. The vehicle took off when investigators tried to make contact, and a chase ensued.
“Once the vehicle reached Wetumpka, Alabama, they wrecked, and all four individuals inside were taken into custody,” said Sheriff Taylor.
A handgun investigators suspect was used in the murder was recovered from the vehicle’s crash site in Wetumpka.
Investigators say the suspected mastermind is 30-year-old Demetria Johnson. Investigators say she recruited 40-year-old Shaun Johnson and 30-year-old Joshua Tolbert of Columbus along with 33-year-old Jayvonn Phillips of Seale, Alabama to help her.
“I feel like I can prove who pulled the trigger, but I don’t want to release that right now. We don’t have any evidence to show she paid them anything. She just asked them help, and they agreed to help,” said Sheriff Taylor.
A few hours after the suspects were taken into custody, Tameka’s body was located around 11:30 Monday morning. She was found in a wooded area near Porter and Bush Roads. Tameka’s stolen vehicle was located just a few miles away from her body. Sheriff Taylor says the suspects tried to burn the vehicle then conceal it. Taylor believes Demetria had been planning the murder for a week.
“We have a couple of statements that said the intention all along was to kidnap and kill her. What boggles my mind is we have gotten to a point in our society where life has absolutely no meaning whatsoever,” said Sheriff Taylor.
Tameka’s family said they are in shock by the act of violence that stole a devoted mother from her teenage girls. Tameka enjoyed teaching dance at the Columbus church she attended. During Monday afternoon’s press conference, Sheriff Taylor made a promise to Tameka’s family.
“I spoke with the family, and I promised our office would do everything we could do to get justice for Tameka,” said Sheriff Taylor.
Meanwhile, the four suspects remain behind bars at the Russell County Detention Facility. They are on schedule to be in court Wednesday morning for an initial court appearance. The four suspects should not be eligible for bond because of Capital Murder charges.
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