Carjacking Suspect Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

The Cherokee County District Attorney's Office hopes to try the case in April.

Jumar Greer has pleaded not guilty in relation to the botched carjacking and murder last year in southwest Cherokee County. Credit: Cherokee Sheriff's Office
Jumar Greer has pleaded not guilty in relation to the botched carjacking and murder last year in southwest Cherokee County. Credit: Cherokee Sheriff's Office
A suspect in the botched armed robbery and carjacking that ended in the shooting death of a fellow suspect has pleaded not guilty for his part in the crime. 

Jumar Greer was arraigned last week in Cherokee County Superior Court on charges stemming from the crime, which occurred in August along Highway 92 west of Woodstock.

He pleaded not guilty to felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault with the intent to rob, hijacking a motor vehicle, kidnapping, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

He was one of four men arrested and indicted with a slew of crimes after a carjacking ended with the shooting death of one of their accomplices.

Fellow suspect Maurice Perkins, who was also charged with the same offenses as Greer, accepted a plea deal with the state that gave him a sentence of 40 years in prison. He's eligible for parole after 20 years.

Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit District Attorney Shannon Wallace said her office hopes to try the case sometime in April. 

"Most defendants enter a not guilty plea at arraignment, even if they come back and enter a guilty plea on a later date," she added. 

Perkins and Greer, 19, along with Acworth residents Quovadis Arrington, 23, Tavaris Arrington, 23, were all arrested and indicted in relation to a carjacking that resulted in the shooting death of a fellow suspect.

Both Quovadis and Tavaris Arrington were each indicted on hindering apprehension or punishment of a criminal. Additionally, Tavarus Arrington was indicted on making a false statement. 

Deputies with the Cherokee Sheriff's Office on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, responded to a fatal accident along Highway 92 just west of Wade Green Road in southwest Cherokee County. A late model white Dodge Charger left the roadway, traveled down an embankment and hit a small tree.

The owner of the car, Justin Humphries, 19, of Acworth, told authorities he was carjacked, hit in the head with a pistol and then "placed in the back of the car and restrained," according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

Humphries was treated at a local hospital and later released. 

The driver of the vehicle and suspect in the crime, 27-year-old Rodrigueze Erashee Qrestopher Guirty, — who also was known as Andre Rodriguez — received a fatal gunshot wound to his upper torso

According to the indictment, both Perkins and Greer struggled with Humphries for control over a black Ruger .380 caliber pistol when the gun discharged and fatally hit Guirty.  

Perkins was apprehended in his hometown during a traffic stop while Greer and Quovadis Arrington were both nabbed along Interstate 75 in Jacksboro, Tennessee. Tavaris Arrington was arrested in Cherokee County. 


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