Fifth person arrested in fatal shooting of Carrollton teen - CBS46 News

Fifth person arrested in fatal shooting of Carrollton teen

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Kenneth Wheat was arrested and charged in connection to the murder of 13-year-old Nizzear Rodriguez. Kenneth Wheat was arrested and charged in connection to the murder of 13-year-old Nizzear Rodriguez.
Oleida Ward Oleida Ward
13-year-old Nizzear Rodriguez was killed at his home in Carrollton. 13-year-old Nizzear Rodriguez was killed at his home in Carrollton.
Kenneth Wheat Kenneth Wheat
Malik Davis Malik Davis
CARROLLTON, GA (CBS46) -

A fifth person has been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of a Carrollton teenager.

CBS46 reporter Jocelyn Connell has confirmed that Britannica Turner, 21, was arrested on Friday and charged with making a false statement (felony).

Four other people were previously arrested in connection to the shooting of Nizzear Rodriguez, 13, at his home in Carrollton on Aug 24.

Kenneth Wheat, 21, was charged with murder on the morning of Aug 26. He's also accused of burglary and the possession of a firearm while committing a crime.

Later on Aug. 26, police also arrested Jackquline Freeman, 24. Police believe she was the getaway driver.

Oleida Ward, 34, was also arrested and charged with making false statements to police.

Malik Davis, 17, was the first suspect arrested. He's accused of murder, burglary and possession of a firearm while committing a crime.

Davis appeared before a judge on Aug. 26 where he was denied bond.

Carrollton police said Wheat and Davis broke into Nizzear's home early on Aug 24.

Nizzear was an honor roll student at Carrollton Junior High School. He had just celebrated his 13th birthday the night before and was sleeping when he was shot and killed.

Police had not determined a motive.

However, the families of Wheat and Nizzear said they know each other well.

"My mom had fed him (Wheat); he's been at our kitchen table," said Kanisha Osorio, the victim's aunt, who said she was shocked to learn of the arrest.

Osorio said she suspected greed played a role in the crime.

"We have Playstation 4's, nice TV's, nice shoes, and all kinds of stuff, so it could've been they wanted that," said Osorio.

Police confirmed a Playstation 3 was stolen.

Police also said while interrogating Wheat, he asked to speak with the victim's grandmother.

Wheat's family said they are very sorry about what happened and want the person who did this punished, even if it's their own relative.

"There's no amount of 'I'm sorry's' that's going to bring Nizzear back, but as Ken's family, we stand united with Nizzear's family to make sure justice is served," said Denise Wheat, Kenneth Wheat's aunt.

Kenneth Wheat, Freeman, and Ward had their first court appearances on Aug. 27.

A preliminary hearing for Davis has been scheduled for Sept. 5.

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