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Suspects charged with killing Douglas teen Savion McRae on June Criminal Trial Calendar

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Swanson, Campbell, SnellPhoto byCoffee County Sheriff's Office and GBI

Three defendants from Coffee County accused of murder in the death of 19-year-old Savion McRae are on next month's criminal trial calendar in June.

In June 2022, officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations reported that they had been called to assist in an investigation regarding a fatal shooting. According to the release, about 10:46 p.m. on June 19, 911 received a call indicating that "people had been shot" on Highway 221 North near the 12-mile marker in Lanier County.

Officials said when deputies arrived at the location, they discovered two males, Takevion Strozier of Douglas and Tremayne Newton of Willacoochee, suffering from gunshot wounds, and Savion McRae, deceased from his injuries.

GBI officials also stated that preliminary results of the investigation indicated that the three young men were shot by individuals in another vehicle as they were traveling on Highway 221. They also revealed that an autopsy was performed on McRae by their Medical Examiner's Office in Pooler, which confirmed that he died as a result of gunshot wounds.

Travion Snell and Shamond Campbell were arrested in connection with McRae's death shortly after the investigation began, while Roadarious Swanson was taken into custody in August.

According to documents filed in the Lanier County Superior Court, Snell, Campbell, and Swanson have since been indicted on one count of felony murder and four counts of aggravated assault.

The indictments accused the suspects of causing McRae's death by shooting him in the head with a firearm, in addition to committing aggravated assault by shooting McRae and three other passengers.

The Daily Coffee Press spoke to an official in Lanier County earlier this week, who stated that the case is currently on their upcoming trial calendar. The calendar call will take place on June 4, with motions for cases considered on June 12 and trials starting on June 20.

However, while there is a possibility the case could go to trial next month, the official stated they would not know which cases they would be striking juries for likely until the Friday before trials begin.

The Daily Coffee Press will continue posting updates in the cases, and will cover the trial when it takes place. At this time, all three suspects are being held without bond.

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