Search over for man convicted in deadly 2019 shooting in Ellabell

Published: Dec. 2, 2022 at 12:57 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2022 at 5:15 PM EST
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BRYAN COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - UPDATE- The Bryan County Sheriff’s Office says Taveres Tarrel Brown is now in custody at the Bryan County Jail.

Police say he turned himself in on Friday.

ORIGINAL STORY- Law enforcement are still looking for a man they say should be considered armed and dangerous.

The Bryan County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Taveres Tarrel Brown. They say he was supposed to stand trial last week for charges related to a 2019 deadly shooting at an Ellaball convenience store, but he didn’t show up to court.

Tavares Tarrell Brown
Tavares Tarrell Brown(Bryan County Sheriff's Office)

He’s been out of jail for two and a half years after a judge granted him bond.

Brown’s attorney said on Friday, his client was sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

These charges all stem back to that 2019 shooting at an Ellabell convenience store which killed 39-year-old Kevin Jermaine Johnson.

Brown’s attorney, Malone Hart said his client was not the shooter, but instead was indicted for grabbing the gun involved in an altercation with Johnson. He then loaded a round and handed the gun to his brother, Wandell Hills, encouraging him to shoot Johnson.

“Honestly, Thursday went better than we thought it would. And I was concerned because of legally, the facts of this case, I was telling him, ‘I don’t know. It’s very unlikely that we do well on this.’ And his demeanor was good on Thursday because things had actually gone better for us than I thought they would,” said Malone Hart, Brown’s attorney.

Wandell Hills
Wandell Hills(Bryan County Jail)

According to Hart, Hills was convicted of felony murder among other charges and was sentenced to life in prison plus five years with the possibility of parole.

He says Taveres Brown was in court for each day of the trial last week until Friday when Brown did not show up.

“I’ve never had any interactions that made me think he was violent. I know the charges on this case were violent, but, again, if people come across him, know that he was not found guilty of murder, know that the situation arose when his brother simply started a fight with somebody else, and he was supporting a family member. So, if someone thinks he’s gonna be violent, and they see him, please don’t feel that way because I’ve never seen any evidence of that except for when his brother was in danger,” said Hart.

Hart says the last time he spoke with Brown was Thursday evening and has reached out multiple times since but has not heard back.

If you have any information, you can call the sheriff’s office at 912-653-3800.