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Grand Jury indicts suspects in Applebee’s murder and pool party shooting

A rotation of flowers and sympathy cards have been placed in the parking space next to Applebee’s where night manager Gregory Smith was shot dead June 7. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

A Fayette County Grand Jury on Thursday indicted Terrence Kyreef Montgomery of Fulton County in the June 13 pool party shooting in northern Fayette County that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Wali Clanton of Henry County and the injury of four other attendees.
While Montgomery was originally charged with Felony Murder and Malice Murder for shooting Clanton, the Fayette County District Attorney’s Office reportedly made a case to the grand jury that the shooting of Clanton was in self-defense. The Grand Jury did not indict Montgomery on those murder charges, but it did indict him on all four Aggravated Assault charges.
Also on Thursday, the same Grand Jury indicted Ladarrius Jackson of Spalding County and Greg Haney, Jr. of Clayton County in the June 7 alleged murder of Fayetteville Applebee’s Manager Greg Smith. Both suspects were indicted on charges of Malice Murder, Felony Murder, and Armed Robbery.
Trial dates have not yet been published in these cases.

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.