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Convicted murderer captured

Pike County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Brundidge man convicted of a 2009 murder in Dale County and charged last week with receiving stolen guns.

Captain Bob Williamson said deputies on Thursday tracked Everett Newson, 31, to a section of woods near County Road 7757 after receiving a tip that he had fled in that direction.

“We went to his mother’s house to interview her and his girlfriend,” Williamson said. “About two hours in, we got a tip that he had been there and ran when he saw us pulling in.”

Williamson said Anajuana Fuller, Newson’s girlfriend, turned herself in earlier Thursday.

Charges against the pair stem from deputies finding stolen guns at Newson’s residence in Brundidge March 16 including two assault rifles, one of which had a red dot scope.

Once the deputies got the tip about Newson’s whereabouts, Williamson said they called in tracking dogs from the Bullock County Department of Corrections to assist.

The dogs caught Newson’s scent at the house, located off County Road 7758, and followed his trail several miles down to Gardner Bassett Road, U.S. Highway 29 and back up County Road 7757 before finding him around 7 p.m. in a wooded area off the road.

Williamson said more charges are forthcoming for Newson, adding the suspect hit one of the dogs with something during the pursuit. The dog is doing well now, Williamson said, but is out of commission until a veterinarian can clear him for duty.

Fuller is charged with second-degree receiving stolen property. Newson faces the same charge, in addition to a charge of persons forbidden to possess a firearm.

Another Pike County man confirmed to deputies last Friday that he was the owner of the guns, ammunition and knife found in Newson’s residence.

Newson was one of two men arrested in 2009 for the murder of a man in Dale County. Newson was released from prison in 2014 after serving five years and was placed on probation until 2019.

Thomas said that if convicted of these new charges, Newson’s probation will most likely be revoked and new sentences will be added.

Newson’s conviction stemmed from the fatal shooting of 42-year-old Marcus Blackmon on October 18, 2009. Officials said Newson and Jarmon Demetrius Barrow, also of Brundidge, entered Blackmon’s home and shot him in the chest and ransacked his home.

Newson was placed in the Pike County Jail on a $10,000 bond. Fuller was also taken to the Pike County Jail on a $2,500 bond.

Williamson thanked the Troy and Brundidge police departments, the U.S. Marshals Violent Crime task force and the Bullock Correctional Facility Tracking Canine Unit.