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Published on April 24, 2024
Third Suspect Arrested in Connection with Fatal 2023 Lithonia Home InvasionSource: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

A roundup in DeKalb County has netted a third suspect in the fatal Lithonia home invasion that left one man dead last year. Stephan Jamel Stewart, a 26-year-old, joined his alleged accomplices behind bars following his arrest on April 17, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. Stewart faces a slew of charges including murder, aggravated assault, and burglary.

Leads in the case led the Fugitive Unit, in collaboration with the U.S. Marshals, to Stewart, who, according to FOX 5 Atlanta, was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon or first offender probationer. These charges stem from his alleged involvement in a March 2023 shootout at the Parc Lorraine apartment complex, where the scene turned tragic with the death of 30-year-old Michael McBride.

The DeKalb County Jail now houses Stewart, along with 33-year-old Alphonson Pitts and 37-year-old Deon Davis, the alleged co-conspirators in the incident. According to 11Alive, the arrests of Pitts in March and Davis in November 2023 led to their incarceration without bond. Each faces murder and aggravated assault charges for their respective roles in the shootout and the attempted forceful entry into McBride's apartment.

Details on whether Stewart has retained a lawyer or when he will reappear in court have not been released. Additionally, no updates on the legal proceedings regarding Pitts and Davis were immediately provided. However, the sheriff's office has disclosed that all three suspects are now held without bond. This could indicate the gravity of the charges and the severity with which the system views their alleged crimes. What further developments await in this case remains to be seen as this tragic tale continues to unfold.