Man arrested after allegedly stalking, killing Hinesville woman

Crime & Safety

HINESVILLE, Ga. (WSAV) – A man has been arrested for a shooting Wednesday night that claimed a Hinesville woman’s life.

The woman, now identified as Rosemary Michael, 56, was killed during what police initially believed was an attempted robbery. But according to Hinesville Police Detective Capt. Tracey Howard, the incident was actually an act of domestic violence.

Howard said officers were called to a convenience store located on the corner of Memorial Drive and Gause Street around 6 p.m. for a report of a carjacking.

When police arrived, they found Michael on the ground on the driver’s side of her vehicle unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Davonta Johnson

On the night of the incident, Howard said video footage of the shooting showed Michael was approached from the front of her vehicle by a suspect wearing dark clothing. The suspect appeared to make some kind of verbal demand, and as Michael was searching through her vehicle, Howard said there was some commotion.

The suspect apparently took out a gun and fired at Michael, striking her before fleeing across the street to the Liberty Prayer Church.

There, another woman who was sitting in her vehicle was reportedly approached by the suspect and demanded her vehicle at gunpoint.

She was not hurt and her vehicle was recovered in Claxton Thursday afternoon.

The suspect has now been identified as Davonta Johnson, who had at one point been romantically involved with Michael. Howard added Johnson had been allegedly stalking Michael.

The detective noted two physical altercations between the pair, one before the fatal shooting, where Johnson was injured, and the other at the convenience store.

Police say a family member of Johnson contacted Liberty County Sheriff William Bowman to make arrangements for his surrender.

Detectives from the police department were waiting for him at the Justice Center in Hinesville where he turned himself in. Johnson was arrested and charged with malice murder and felony murder.

He is currently being held at the Liberty County jail awaiting a court appearance.

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