A Baldwin County grand jury returned an 11-count indictment that included charges of home invasion and murder against two local young men and a pair of teens.

The charges against the defendants stem from the Feb. 2 fatal shooting of 18-year-old Syee Havior, who was shot multiple times inside the double-wide modular home where he lived on Black Springs Road.

The four defendants in the case were identified by records filed in the Baldwin County Superior Court Clerk’s Office as Jarius Tremon Washington of Felton Drive, Milledgeville; Malik Atravon Smith of Stuart Circle, Milledgeville; Shane Tassi, 16, of Milledgeville and Derrius Holmes, 16, of Milledgeville.

All four defendants are each charged by grand jurors with one count of malice murder, three counts of felony murder, five counts of aggravated assault, home invasion and burglary in the first degree.

Grand jurors allege that the defendants acted together and as parties to the crime of malice murder, according to court documents viewed by The Union-Recorder.

Grand jurors said the defendants “unlawfully and with malice aforethought” caused Havior’s death by shooting him with a handgun.

Havior was a senior at Baldwin High School and worked part-time at the Sonic Drive-In in Milledgeville.

The victim was shot three times and later died at Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin hospital in Milledgeville.

During a preliminary hearing for Washington last week, it was learned that the gun used in the crime was never recovered.

Several family members of the deceased were in the residence at the time of the home invasion and subsequent shooting, but none of them reportedly witnessed the shooting or were injured.

The case was jointly investigated by detectives with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and special agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 6 Office in Milledgeville.

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