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Four defendants accused in a 2018 homicide in Jackson are due in court today for hearings on motions in their cases.

Kaitlin Dawn Hulsey, Riley Nicole Delage, Antonio Dewayne Mitchell and Sharrod Vanquez Ross are accused in the Jan. 15, 2018 death of Santos Antonio-Juarez. An indictment against the four was handed down by a grand jury July 9, 2018. Each defendant faces the same charges of malice murder, felony murder, false imprisonment and two counts of armed robbery.

Hulsey, Mitchell and Ross are being held at the Butts County Jail, according to jail records.

Court records indicate Delage, who was 15 at the time of the shooting but was charged as an adult, is being held in a youth detention center.

Hulsey and Mitchell were denied bond in February 2018 and Delage was denied bond in a hearing in January 2018. After being held for more than 90 days prior to being indicted, attorneys for Ross petitioned for bond, which was granted at $5 million in May 2018.

Authorities allege the four suspects went to Antonio-Juarez’s home, in the 200 block of North Mulberry Street, to rob him around 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15, 2018. Butts County Sheriff Gary Long has said the attackers bound Antonio-Juarez in duct tape during the robbery, but he was able to free himself and arm himself with a machete. Sometime during the robbery, according to arrest warrants, Antonio-Juarez was shot several times and died.

Long has said investigators believe Antonio-Juarez and Hulsey had known each other for some time and that Hulsey met Ross in a club in Macon in the weeks before the shooting. Long said a plot to rob Antonio-Juarez and possibly his roommates was hatched in a motel room over the weekend before the shooting.

As the suspects fled the home after the shooting, Long said, their vehicle careered into a deep ditch and became stuck. Long said the suspects then fled on foot and Ross was found in the outbuilding of a neighboring home. While authorities were searching for the remaining suspects, Hulsey and Delage presented themselves at the sheriff’s office and were taken into custody.

Mitchell, of Macon, was apprehended about two weeks later with assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Attorneys for the defendants have filed a number of motions in the case, including requests to suppress statements and evidence. Attorneys for Hulsey earlier this year filed a motion to compel the district attorney’s office prosecuting the case to reveal any deals or grants of immunity from prosecution made with other defendants or witnesses made in exchange for testimony.

Attorneys for Mitchell have asked the indictment be redacted to remove the names of grand jurors and witnesses, arguing that potential members of the trial jury may know or be related to grand jurors, and be influenced by their having made a determination in the case. Alternatively, attorneys for Mitchell asked that the indictment be prohibited from being sent out of the courtroom with the trial jury.

Butts County Superior Court’s June 19 session begins at 9 a.m. with Judge William A. Fears presiding.

Managing Editor

Michael Davis has been the editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus since 2010. He previously worked as an editor and reporter for the Henry Daily Herald and Clayton News-Daily.

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