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Two charged in Warner Robins drug-related slaying have prior arrests

WARNER ROBINS -- Two Warner Robins men have been charged with felony murder in last week’s fatal shooting on Crestwood Terrace.

The Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Tyrone Lamark Davis, 23, on Tuesday and picked up Bobby Jermel Releford, 23, on Wednesday, according to a Warner Robins police news release issued Thursday.

Davis has prior felony convictions, while Releford has two felony charges pending trial, according to the Houston County District Attorney’s Office website and Houston County Superior Court records.

Davis and Releford are accused of killing 38-year-old Keith Moses, who was shot in the abdomen at his home shortly after 8 p.m. Aug. 2.

Moses died the next morning at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Police first issued a lookout for four black men seen leaving in a white four-door car. Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police, said Thursday that detectives have not ruled out the possibility that others were involved in the shooting.

The arrest of Davis came from a tip to Macon Regional CrimeStoppers, according to Warren Selby, board chairman.

Detectives believe the incident was a drug-related armed robbery, Pugh said.

Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin said Thursday that Moses was shot once below the diaphragm, which he said is right below the rib cage and considered part of the abdomen. Two different shell casings were recovered at the scene, Galpin previously said.

Moses was shot with a handgun, Pugh said. She declined to say whether the weapon was recovered or release other details.

“Our details are limited at this point since it is an ongoing investigation,” Pugh said.

Here is a look at prior arrests of Davis and Releford in Houston County based on the prosecutor’s website and Superior Court records:

Davis pleaded guilty Dec. 7, 2011, in Superior Court to aggravated assault and was sentenced to 10 years probation and banished from Houston County. Other charges of two counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal damage to property were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

On Feb. 12, 2009, Davis pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was sentenced to one year in the county jail and four years probation. A related charge of fighting in a public place was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Davis pleaded guilty on July 3, 2008, to felony false statements and writings and was sentenced to five years probation, 40 hours community service and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. Also as part of the plea agreement, charges of carrying a concealed weapon and removing identifying marks of the pistol in an unrelated case were dismissed.

Releford pleaded guilty April 23, 2009, to a reduced charge of possession of marijuana less than an ounce, which is a misdemeanor, and received 12 months probation, 20 hours community service and a $500 fine. He was originally indicted on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school. The school was the Houston County Career and Technology Center.

He was sentenced under first offender status, which meant his record would be cleared of the conviction if he successfully completed all the terms of his plea agreement and sentence.

Releford now has cases pending against him in Superior Court from a June 19, 2011, arrest on charges of burglary and possession of methamphetamine.

Anyone with information about last week’s shooting is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division of the Warner Robins Police Department at (478) 929-6911.

Tips can be submitted through TipSubmit by texting the tip to CRIMES (274637) and including the keyword WRPD in the body of the text.

Staff writer Liz Fabian contributed to this article. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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