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D’Marquivius Jamon (D.J.) King (via Facebook/City of Griffin, GA)

Officer allegedly didn’t investigate murder suspect brother

D’Marquivius Jamon (D.J.) King (by using Fb/City of Griffin, Ga.)

A Georgia law enforcement officer has been indicted on charges that he deliberately unsuccessful to examine his half brother as a likely suspect in a murder circumstance.

D’Marquivius “D.J.” King, 25, has been indicted on a felony depend of Violation of Oath of Workplace, the Ga Bureau of Investigation declared Friday. The indictment stems from the outcome of an investigation released in February of last 12 months above King’s dealing with of the investigation into the murder of a person named Javarreis Reid, who was shot to loss of life in May possibly 2021 at age 25.

King had been assigned to the case — but according to the GBI, he unsuccessful to fulfill his obligation as a police investigator.

“The investigation reveals that King, though used as an investigator with the Griffin Police Division, learned that his brother, Damon Beck, was concerned in the murder of Reid,” the GBI statement suggests. “King unsuccessful to effectively look into the murder.”

A Spalding County grand jury read proof on March 20, the assertion claimed, and returned the indictment. On March 22, King turned himself in and was booked into the Spading County Jail, according to the GBI.

The indictment comes extra than a calendar year just after issues were initial raised about King’s function in the subject. As Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB reported, King failed to properly examine after discovering his brother, Damon Beck, was possibly included in Reid’s murder.
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Local NBC affiliate WXIA reported that inside documents showed King’s brother, Damon Beck, was a suspect in Reid’s murder — and he didn’t explain to any person.

“It was determined all through the investigation that Investigator King’s brother Damon Beck is concerned in the murder,” an interior reprimand from November 2021 states, in accordance to WXIA. “Investigator King failed to notify his chain of command of the conflict of desire and did not checklist Damon Beck as a suspect on any documentation.”

The reprimand claimed that King was in violation of the department policy that police department workforce have a duty “not to give untrue or deceptive facts.”

Then-law enforcement chief Michael Yates claimed at the time that Beck was King’s fifty percent brother and the two had never lived alongside one another, and that King’s only wrongdoing was “poor documentation of his casework,” WXIA claimed. Yates was positioned on “non-disciplinary, administrative leave” in April 2023 and retired shortly just after, the WXIA story claimed.

King was place on administrative depart on Feb. 27, 2023, as the GBI investigation was underway. He resigned from the police department in September, WXIA noted.

His resignation arrived right after the district attorney’s place of work wrote in a September 2023 letter to Griffin City Manager Jessica O’Connor that the investigation into King and Yates unveiled “policy violations” by equally adult men.

“These violations are egregious adequate to have ruined my Office’s assurance in both Officer King and Chief Yates to properly perform their duties,” the letter reported, adding that prosecutors could no for a longer time count on King as a witness.

Beck, meanwhile, wasn’t apprehended until 2023, at which position he was accused of murder and aggravated assault. He is one particular of a few defendants in the circumstance and is presently becoming held in the Spalding County Jail on $750,000 bond, WSB reported.

King joined the pressure in 2017. As WXIA described, he was regarded as a increasing star in the section, and experienced even been the target of a advertising section by the metropolis in which he spoke enthusiastically about his work.

Spalding County jail records did not point out no matter whether King was in custody as of Sunday.

The cost of Violation of Responsibility is punishable in Georgia by a sentence of one particular to 5 years in jail.

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