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Athens brothers charged with murdering Watkinsville teen

Quentin Keith Dunston

By Joe Johnson

Two brothers from Athens were in custody and additional arrests were expected in connection to the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old Watkinsville teenager two weeks ago.

Akhemu Nehisi Dunston, 18, and Quentin Keith Dunston, 19, were arrested this week on murder and aggravated assault charges for the July 17 shooting death of Joseph “Joey” Kendall Jackson, Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry confirmed.

Akhemu Dunston was booked into the Oconee County Jail at 11:36 p.m. Tuesday and his brother was booked in at 12:18 a.m. Wednesday, according to the jail’s website.

Beyond saying that Jackson had been shot, Berry would not go into details about the case while additional arrests were pending.

Akhemu Nehisi Dunston

To safeguard the investigation, the sheriff’s office had released scant details about Jackson’s death, and it was not until Wednesday that Berry confirmed the teen had died from being shot.

Previously, the sheriff’s office said that Jackson had left the Cumberland Drive home where he lived with his grandparents, and when he returned several hours later his grandparents found him bleeding from “significant injuries” outside their home

Joseph "Joey" Kendall Jackson

The sheriff’s office said at the time that investigators believed something happened to Jackson at the corner of Whippoorwill Road and Cumberland Drive, where a large amount of shattered glass from a vehicle’s side window was located.

The broken glass and Jackson’ death was believed to be related, the sheriff’s office previously said, but investigators did not know if the teen’s injuries were intentional or accidental.

Berry on Wednesday said the glass shattered from a gun being fired at the victim from inside the suspects’ vehicle.

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