Fayette grand jury indicts Michael Graves for murdering his nephew

Fayette grand jury indicts Michael Graves for murdering his nephew

Panel returns 31 indictments

The Fayette County Grand Jury met on June 28, presenting 31 true bills of indictment to Fayette County District Attorney Ben Coker. Among those were indictments for murder against Fayetteville residents Michael L. Graves, Ricky M. Bullington for child molestation and rape and Austin M. Boone for obscene internet contact with a child.

Michael Lamar Graves, 69, of Fayetteville, was indicted on one count of malice murder, one count of felony murder, one count aggravated assault and one count of possession of firearm during the commission of a felony.

Graves was charged Feb. 26 with the murder of his nephew, 42-year-old Jason Brett Graves, in a Feb. 20 incident at the family’s place of business on Eastin Road north of Fayetteville.

Regarding the Feb. 20, 2016 incident, Sheriff Barry Babb said Michael Graves called 911 at 6:27 p.m., stating that he had shot his nephew, Jason Brett Graves.

Babb said deputies responded to Graves Used Cars and Parts located at 205 Eastin Road and found Jason Graves lying on the floor of the salvage yard business with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Jason Brett Graves was transported to Piedmont Fayette Hospital where he was pronounced dead, said Babb.

Ricky Milton Bullington, 63, of Fayetteville, was indicted on two counts of aggravated child molestation, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, one count of rape and one count of child molestation.

Fayetteville Police Department spokesman Mike Whitlow in May said the charges stem from Bullington’s involvement with two juveniles.

The incidents were said to have occurred in December 2015, though were not reported to authorities until earlier this year.

Austin Michael Boone, 19, of Fayetteville, was indicted for two counts of obscene internet contact with a child.

Whitlow in May said the department was contacted by Homeland Security about an internet communication between Boone and two juveniles in Texas. Local authorities there subsequently contacted the Department of Homeland Security.

DHS agents met with Fayetteville investigators, confirming that Boone had been identified and presented evidence that Boone had attempted to have the two juveniles send him sexually-explicit photographs, said Whitlow.

Warrants were then obtained for Boone’s arrest on May 12, Whitlow said.

Jarvis Travon Shearer, 21, of Carrollton, was indicted on one count of rape, one count of incest and one count of child molestation.

Tyrone Police Department spokesperson Andrea Johnson-McCoy at the time of the arrest said Shearer’s arrest on May 18 dealt with his actions regarding a young female relative on a number of occasions during the 2013-2015 time frame.

The young girl no longer lives in the area, Johnson-McCoy said.

Shearer was arrested in Carrollton and was taken into custody by Tyrone officers at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

Others indicted by the Fayette County Grand Jury included:

• Travis Douglas Bates: one count of burglary in the first degree and two counts of burglary in the second degree.

• Jeremy Deangelo Brewster: one count of terroristic threats and two counts of interference with government property.

• Jeremy Deangelo Brewster: one count of riot in a penal institution and one count of simple battery.

• Arthur King Chapman: one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of firearm during commission of a felony, one count of possession of marijuana less than an ounce and one count of public indecency.

• Joseph Martin Daly: one count of possession of cocaine, one count of possession of drug-related objects, one count of possession of Hydrocodone, one count of drugs not in original container, one count of open container, one count of tag light violation, three counts of driving while license suspended and one count of defective equipment. Becky Diane Wardlaw, a co-defendant, was indicted on one count of possession of cocaine and one count of possession of drug-related objects.

• Ryan Alexander Dunbar: one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, one count of driving under the influence less safe alcohol, one count of reckless driving, two counts of violation of duty upon striking a fixed object and three counts of failure to stop at stop sign.

• Andrew Deshawn Edge, Artavious Marchea Reynolds, and Xzavier Willie Reynolds: four counts of smash-and-grab burglary.

• James Steven Golden: one count of failure to register as sex offender.

• Justin Phillip Gorley: one count of false imprisonment and one count of simple battery-family violence.

• Quasha Nicole Harris: one count of aggravated assault on a peace officer, one count of obstruction of an officer, two counts of theft by shoplifting, three counts of identity fraud, one count of forgery in the second degree, one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and one count of driving while license suspended. Breana Nashay Williams, a co-defendant, was indicted on three counts of identity fraud, one count of forgery in the second degree and one count of theft by shoplifting.

• Rafael Dorian Hicks: one count of aggravated assault on a peace officer, one count of theft by receiving stolen property, two counts of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, one count of driving without a license and one count of possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

• Christopher Franklin Hornsby: one count of smash-and-grab burglary, 15 counts of lottery ticket fraud and one count of theft by deception.

• Jimmy Lee Jackson, Jr.: five counts of theft by receiving stolen property, one count of involvement with motor vehicle having identification removed and two counts of criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark. Justin McCord Mitchell, a co-defendant, was indicted on five counts of theft by receiving stolen property.

• John Paul Jones: two counts of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, one count of terroristic threats, one count of stalking, one count of simple assault family violence and one count of simple assault.

• Richard Herbert Karle: one count of terroristic threats.

• Malcolm Maurice Mabrey: one count of possession of firearm during the commission of a felony, one count of possession of drug-related objects and one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

• Jonathan Mark Martin: one count of terroristic threats, one count of battery and one count of obstruction of an officer.

• Marcus Albreon Mayes, Michael Duane Williams and Reginald Omar Sease: one count of smash-and-grab burglary.

• Charles Erwin Miller: 1 count of burglary in the first degree.

• Jorge D Montegranario-Rozo, Malcolm Morillo, and Charlie Nieto Vinas: one count of conspiracy to commit burglary, one count of possession of tools for the commission of a crime, one count of identity fraud, one count of loitering or prowling and one count of giving false information to a law enforcement officer.

• Justin Lee Motes: one count of theft by shoplifting.

• Courtney Danielle Phillips: one count of theft by taking, three counts of criminal damage to property in the second degree and two counts of entering an automobile.

• Edwink Armando Rodriguez: one count of theft by shoplifting.

• Demarcus Lequan Smith: two counts of failure to register as a sex offender.

• Vincent Emme Stossel: one count of false imprisonment and one count of battery-family violence.

• Sarah Jane Williams: one count of criminal damage to property in the second degree.

“The Fayette County District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the grand jury for their service. Grand jury is a vital part of our criminal justice system, and we are thankful to those citizens on the grand jury for the work that they do,” said Coker.