For the second consecutive year, an Athens teenager came into Oconee County for a drug deal and shot someone.
In July 2019, a drug transaction gone south led to the murder of 19-year-old Joseph Kendall Jackson. All three murder defendants were 19 years old or younger when they were arrested.
On Nov. 5 of this year, another drug deal among teenagers at a VFW Drive residence resulted in two male juveniles getting shot—one in the foot and the other in the leg.
The alleged shooter, Cameron Bellamy, 16 of Athens, was captured Sunday and charged with armed robbery, one count of possession of a firearm while in the commission of a crime and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. The Watkinsville Police Department released the suspect’s identity and age in a press release on Monday. The investigation continues as police search for a second person of interest who is an adult.
Watkinsville Deputy Chief of Police Maj. Todd Tetterton said the alleged drug transaction involved a small quantity of marijuana.
“Illegal drug transactions are very dangerous and risky,” said Tetterton.“Sometimes, the motive is not to exchange drugs but to commit an armed robbery.”
Police Chief Shannon Brock said, “Watkinsville Police Department officers will faithfully strive to protect the citizens of the city of Watkinsville, and will tirelessly work to bring those persons who violate our laws and threaten our citizens to justice.”
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