Third man charged in 2012 death of National Guard sergeant
by Rachael Brown
rgriffin@annistonstar.com
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Kenyata Demetris Burton
Kenyata Demetris Burton
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Police charged a third man Wednesday in connection to the 2012 fatal shooting of a 24-year-old Anniston woman.

Kenyata Demetris Burton, 37, of Anniston, was charged Wednesday morning with murder.

Law enforcement officers arrested Burton last week in Columbus, Ga., where he had been living, according to Anniston police Capt. Allen George. A warrants clerk at the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office said deputies brought Burton back to Anniston on Tuesday.

George said he believes this could be the final arrest made in the case.

“We’ll definitely keep investigating, but as of now it looks like this is three of the main ones involved,” George said.

Dequirea Royal was found dead in her Constantine Homes apartment on the afternoon of April 6, 2012. A report from the coroner’s office noted Royal’s cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head.

Royal was a sergeant in the Alabama National Guard’s 167th Forward Support Company in Oxford, where she worked as a cook. She had served in the guard for seven years and had plans to deploy to Afghanistan in June.

George said he could not release a motive for the woman’s death and was uncertain whether the three suspects knew Royal.

On April 25, 2012, police charged Kenmonte Jacobe Winsley, 23, of Anniston, with murder in connection with Royal’s death. Winsley was indicted on the charge in August 2012.

On Nov. 6, 2012, Demontae Antwon Jones, 25, of Anniston, was also charged with murder in connection with the shooting. Jones was indicted in January on the murder charge.

Burton was in the Calhoun County Jail this morning. A cash bond is set at $100,000. A court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 5.

Staff Writer Rachael Brown: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RBrown_Star.

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