Arrest Gavel

Chauncey Renard Powell of Thomaston entered a guilty plea this month to receive life in prison with the possibility of parole for the Aug. 22, 2021 murder of Marlon Smith in Upson County, according to the office of Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Broder.

Powell and Smith were involved in a verbal altercation at Handy Mart when 45-year-old Powell brandished a firearm and shot Smith, resulting in his death. In addition to the life sentence for felony murder, Powell received five years to serve concurrently for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The case was investigated by Thomaston Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division with the help of Spalding County Sheriff’s Office’s Crime Scene Investigation Unit.

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