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Dougherty County grand jury issues indictments

Defendants charged by Dougherty County grand jury

Andrew Jamal Gadson was indicted by the Dougherty County grand jury on charges related to the murder of Raymond Tilley. (Special Photo)

Andrew Jamal Gadson was indicted by the Dougherty County grand jury on charges related to the murder of Raymond Tilley. (Special Photo)

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Demetria Lashea Harris was indicted by the Dougherty County grand jury on charges related to the death by vehicle case of Natosha McCray. (Special Photo)

ALBANY — A Dougherty County grand jury has issued a number of indictments,, including charges for felony murder and vehicular homicide.

In a high-profile case from last year, Andrew Jamal Gadson, is accused of killing 68-year-old Raymond Tilley, an employee of Dinner Bell Catering, 1206 Clark Ave., around 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 12. Police reported that Tilley, who had been hired to open the business, was later found on the premises with a large laceration on his head and transported to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for treatment. Officials say Tilley appeared to have been severely beaten with a “hard object,” such as a pipe or pole. Gadson is also accused of taking firearms and cash from Tilley’s vehicle.

Gadson, 19 at the time, was arrested Sept. 20 and charged with the attack. An unidentified minor, 16, was also arrested and charged, officials reported. When Tilley died on Jan. 21 from complications of his injuries, felony murder was added to his charges.

The grand jury has charged Gadson with felony murder, one count of robbery, aggravated battery, one count of entering an automobile, one count of possession of tools for the commission of a crime and two counts of possession of a firearm by a first offender probationer.

In an unrelated case, grand jury members indicted Demetria Lashea Harris on charges relating to the June 22 death of Natosha McCray, 31. Harris is accused of fatally injuring McCray by striking her with a Chevrolet Impala as McCray walked on Harding Street.

Police accounts at the time state that after striking McCray at the intersection of Harding and West Oglethorpe Boulevard, Harris, 26 at the time of the incident, continued in her vehicle before striking the corner of a building in the 800 block of West Oglethorpe Boulevard, then crashed through a fence. Official stated that Harris’s vehicle finally stopped after contact with a tree on the 800 block of West Highland Avenue.

Grand jury members charged Harris with one count of homicide by vehicle in the first degree; one count of homicide by vehicle, hit and run; one count of hit and run; one count of driving while license suspended; one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer; one count of reckless driving; one count of speeding and one count of violation of duty upon striking fixed object.