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Two teens arrested for chasing down man, beating him to death in Cartersville

The following was taken from a press release distributed by the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office on May 23, 2023:

BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. – According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, on Monday, May 22, 2023, at approximately 2040 hours, Agents with the GBI, Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force, Smyrna Police Department, and BCSO Deputies and Investigators, arrested two individuals in the Tuesday, May 16, 2023, death of Caleb Demond Thomas, 19, of Marietta which occurred in the area of Parkway Station Drive SE and Grand Central Way SW, Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia.

Dayton Bryan Owen, 19, and Drysten Owen, 15, both of Smyrna, were taken into custody for the outstanding Arrest Warrants for Murder without incident in the area of their Belmont Avenue home in Smyrna. Drysten has been charged as an adult.

Dayton Owen is currently being held in the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Center without bond. Drysten Owen is being held in a youth detention center without bond and pending judicial hearings.