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Pilot Travel Center Murder – Dremar De`shawn Bell

Dremar De`shawn Bell, Suspect in Pilot Travel Center Murder, Arrested

Dremar De`shawn Bell, was the first suspect arrested during the investigation into the murder of Patrick Witter Ballew. 

His arrest came after a long and destructive vehicle pursuit with the Columbus Police Department, resulting in 15 charges.

Suspect Information

Race

Black

Height / Weight

6’3″ / 280 lbs

Date of Birth

September 7th, 2001

City of Residence

Columbus, GA

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Arrest and Extradition

Date of Arrest

December 8th, 2021

Arresting Agency

Columbus Police Department

Charges on Arrest

  • Reckless conduct
  • Possession and use of drug-related objects
  • Receipt, possession or transfer of firearm by convicted felon or felony first offender
  • Willful obstruction of law enforcement officers
  • Speeding (must report actual and posted speed)
  • Carrying weapon without a valid license – 1st offense
  • Fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer
  • Reckless driving
  • Too fast for conditions/prima facie speed/basic rules
  • Failure to obey signs or control devices
  • Failure to have license on person
  • Hit and run; duty of driver to stop at or return to scene of accident
  • Failure to signal lane change or turn
  • Fail to rpt striking fixed object
  • Failure to maintain lane

Date of Extradition

January 3rd, 2022

Extraditing Agency

Coweta County Sheriff’s Office

Charges on Extradition

  • Murder
  • Robbery Armed with Firearm
  • Assualt Aggravated with Other Weapon
  • Conspiracy to Commit a Felony

Bond Information

No Bond

Current Location

Coweta County Jail

Court Case Timeline

Date

Defendant(s)

Event Type

Event Discription

02/22/2022

Dremar De`shawn Bell

Indictment

Indicted on the following charges:

  • Felony Murder
  • Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon
  • Felony Murder
  • Armed Robbery
  • Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery
  • Criminal Attempt to Commit Armed Robbery
  • Felony Murder
  • Hijacking a Motor Vehicle – 1st Degree
  • Conspiracy to Commit Hijacking a Motor Vehicle – 1st Degree
  • Felony Murder
  • Conspiracy to Commit Trafficking in Marijuana
  • Criminal Attempt to Commit Trafficking in Marijuana
  • Felony Murder
  • Possession of Firearm by First Offender
  • VGCSA Trafficking in Marijuana
  • VGCSA Possession of tetrahydrocannabinol w/Intent to Distr
  • Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
  • Use of Firearm by Felony First Offender Probationer During Commission of another Felony
  • Use of Firearm by Felony First Offender Probationer During Commission of another Felony
  • Aggravated Assault

04/20/2022

ALL

Notice Printed

Notice Printed to each Bondsman & Attorney for each defendant for:
EVENT: Criminal Non-Jury Court
DATE: the 10th day of May, 2022
JUDGE: W. Travis Sakrison and Emory Palmer

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Criminal History

The following criminal history has been found in public records from across the state.

Jurisdiction

Date

Criminal Information

Coweta County

Suspect has no criminal history in this jurisdiction.

Muscogee County

12/8/2021 – Current

Arrested by Columbus Police Department for the following charges:

  • Reckless conduct
  • Possession and use of drug-related objects
  • Receipt, possession or transfer of firearm by convicted felon or felony first offender
  • Willful obstruction of law enforcement officers
  • Speeding (must report actual and posted speed)
  • Carrying weapon without a valid license – 1st offense
  • Fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer
  • Reckless driving
  • Too fast for conditions/prima facie speed/basic rules
  • Failure to obey signs or control devices
  • Failure to have license on person
  • Hit and run; duty of driver to stop at or return to scene of accident
  • Failure to signal lane change or turn
  • Fail to rpt striking fixed object
  • Failure to maintain lane

Muscogee County

5/29/2019 – 2/29/2020

Arrested by Columbus Police Department for the following charges:

  • Aggravated Assault

Additional Media Coverage

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Three arrested in Coweta County truck stop murder – FOX5

Suspected ‘hit job’ intercepted in Pilot murder investigation – Newnan Times-Herald

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