ALBANY — Demeatria Vontrice Porter was indicted for murder Wednesday by a Dougherty County Grand Jury for the death of a child left in her care.
Porter, 32, had been charged in June with felony murder and first degree cruelty to a child when an autopsy by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation showed six-month-old Ja’kobian Davis to be the victim of homicide.
According to officials, the child’s parents were away from their home on Marie Road and had left Ja’kobian in Porter’s care. Responders were called to the home on June 16 and the child was later pronounced dead at the scene by Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler.
The indictments Wednesday include one count each of felony murder, cruelty to children in the first degree and cruelty to children in the second degree.
Porter’s felony murder indictment charges that Porter caused the death of Ja’kobian Davis by either willfully depriving him of necessary sustenance or medical care or causing death by causing the child to hit his head and suffer blunt force trauma.
In a separate case, Neil Adam Smith and Yolanda Shakilla Cleveland were each indicted for one count of malice murder, one count of felony murder, four counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.
The indictments of Smith and Cleveland are in connection with the drive-by shooting death of Cleveland Carter Jr. on Feb. 14, 2008. Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said that, at the time of the shooting, Carter was inside a car with Brittney L. Coleman and two small children, Tyteinautica and Tranonika Coleman, all of whom survived the attack.
Edwards said there was an alleged drug sales connection between the defendants and Carter, which had somehow gone sour.
In another indictment, Sara Robin Galt, also known as Sara Marshall, was indicted on three counts of criminal attempt to commit a felony murder and two counts of criminal attempt to commit a felony (aggravated assault).
According to Edwards, the indictments stem from attempts Galt allegedly made to hire Antonio Davis, KeiKei Johnson and Marnesha Lockett to kill or beat a teenage girl. Edwards said Galt’s 16-year old daughter had been in a previous physical altercation with an acquaintance, Juwanda Washington, at or near the Superior Creek Lodge on North Slappey Boulevard.
As stated in the indictment, Galt’s offer was a $5,000 payment to kill Washington or $1,000 to beat her badly. The individuals who received the offers notified police, Edwards said, and Galt was arrested on June 24. If convicted, Galt could serve up to ten years for the offense, Edwards said.