Sumter murder conviction upheld



AMERICUS — The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld a murder conviction for Anthony Terrell Smith out of Sumter County, a summary of opinions released by the court on Monday shows.

Smith, also known as “Red Dog” was among a group of suspects arrested in connection to the shooting death of Romondez Shawn Lester, 26, in the parking lot of Astro’s Magic City Lounge in Americus on June 4, 2000.

Smith, 17 at the time of his arrest, was charged with murder after he and Lester got into an argument over a female, according to a news story that ran in The Albany Herald on June 7, 2000.

At least four suspects were arrested in connection to the incident.

Of those four, three — including Smith — were thought to be members of the Bloods gang, although it was not initially believed to be a gang-related shooting, then Sumter County Sheriff Randy Howard told The Herald.

Andy Jackson, Quincy Kenta Stephens and Johnathan Lance Laney were among the others authorities connected to the crime.

Lester died after being shot in the chest.

The .22-caliber handgun was located shortly afterward, broken into two parts.

Records available from the Georgia Department of Corrections show that Smith is currently serving a life sentence.