NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Officials in New York have arrested an "armed and dangerous" Newton County suspect believed to have run down and killed a man with special needs on the Fourth of July.
At a press conference Tuesday, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown announced that 27-year-old Joshua Anderson was arrested in New York.
Anderson faces charges of malice murder, aggravated assault and duty to stop at the scene of an accident, according to deputies. Those charges stem from a death of 20-year-old Kevin Marshall on Thursday afternoon.
About 4:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July, deputies said Marshall went to a home on North Lake Drive. Marshall’s mother told FOX 5 Atlanta that this was something her son, who had ADHD and the mentality of a 13-year-old, had done many times before. She said he liked to play basketball with the children at the home.
Investigators said at some point during his visit, Anderson and Marshall got into a scuffle, something many people who spoke with FOX 5 News called a one-way altercation.
Investigators said bystanders were able to separate the men and both were asked to leave. Marshall walked away, while deputies said an enraged Anderson drove off in his gray 2001 Toyota Tacoma extended cab. Deputies said that pickup truck ran down Marshall at Morningside Drive and North Lake Drive, about 900 feet from where he was playing basketball. Marshall was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
On Saturday, deputies found the truck in a wooded area near the scene. Investigators said they impound the truck and performed a search. Deputies also executed a search warrant on Anderson’s home.
The family of Anderson's girlfriend, 31-year-old Kendra Browning, filed a missing-person case during the weekend.