CPD arrests 2 connected to first Columbus murder of the year

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — It’s been more than two months since a Columbus man unfortunately became the city’s first murder of the new year. Now his own brother sits in Muscogee County Jail with another man as suspects in the case.

A police report says 26-year-old Dondre Hill and 21-year-old William Washington were arrested Wednesday in connection to the death of Domonique Horton. Horton was shot to death January 5 and became the first 2017 murder in Columbus.

Horton’s family confirms to News 3 one of the suspects, Washington, was Domonique’s brother. Major Gil Slouchick says although it is clear Washington and Hill are connected to Horton’s murder, that does not mean they are necessarily the ones that shot him.

As News 3 reported, Horton’s shooting started after a large group of people met in the 300 block of 32nd Avenue to watch a planned fight between two girls. Cell phone video of the fight posted to Facebook shows the altercation quickly got out of control when gunshots rang out.

Horton was able to walk to his grandmother’s house nearby before paramedics came to rush him to Midtown Medical Center. He later passed away from his injuries.

Major Slouchick says police are still looking for whoever was on the scene of the fight because there could be more suspects on the loose.

“If there’s any other additional video out there bring it to us,” he says. “We wanna get all the information we can on the case and try to get as many people that were at the scene of that fight identified as we possibly can.”

Slouchick says more arrests are possible.

Dondre Hill faces charges for felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. William Washington is also charged with felony murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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