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More arrests made involving the murder of Nate Johnson


Decatur - Police make more arrests involving the murder of James "Nate" Johnson.


Today police arrested 44 year old Maleea Kareotes, at 842 South Jasper Street, in Decatur. She was arrested on a notice to appear in court. According to police she provided false information during the investigation. Kareotes has been in a long term relationship with James Chatman, who was arrested for 1st degree murder of Nate Johnson.


Police made a second arrest for 19 year old, Davante Hill who also provided false information. Hill is the son of James Chatman. Police also confirmed that James and Anthony Chatman are brothers, but arrested for the murder of Johnson.


Deputy Chief David Dickerson said they are not ruling out additional arrests at this time. Additional evidence was found, while police searched the 800 block of Jasper Street.


Dickerson said the evidence reveals a lot about the case "This murder, as the evidence is clearly revealing, revolved around the possession, usage and distribution of illegal narcotics. We have a very good understanding at this point as to what happened at 1114 North College during the commission of this crime and the reasoning provided for the shooting of James Johnson. It is a very sad situation that a young life has been taken and that Johnson's family is now grieving the loss of him. For those shooting crimes which we unfortunately do not prevent from happening, the Decatur Police Department will be there to work tirelessly in an effort to bring those responsible to justice."


Both Hill and Kareotes are being held in the Macon County jail on obstruction of justice charges. This investigation is on going.

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