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Second suspect pleads not guilty in guard's shooting
Teens are charged with armed robbery, murder
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Forsyth County News


A second suspect indicted in the 2010 slaying of a security guard at a local grocery store has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Sharod Johnson, 18, of Forsyth County was arraigned Wednesday in Forsyth County Superior Court.

He was indicted in February on two counts of armed robbery, one count of aggravated assault, one count of murder and two counts of felony murder.

Indicted on the same charges are three other suspects, 17-year-old Tavarius Jackson and Tyrice Kendall Adside and Nakitta Holmes, both 19.

Jackson, a Buford resident, was arraigned during a hearing last month. Forsyth County District Attorney Penny Penn said Jackson, who was 16 at the time of the crime, would be tried as an adult.

Adside, who is from Forsyth County, and Holmes, of Buford, have not yet entered pleas.

The teenagers were arrested days after the Sept. 5 armed robbery and shooting death of 37-year-old David Casto of Winder, who was working at Ingles on Canton Road.

All four suspects are being held without bond.

Casto was bound with duct tape and shot execution style in the store with his own 9 mm handgun, authorities have said.

They have maintained that Holmes was the gunman.

An attachment included in the indictment shows the grand jury found three “statutory aggravating circumstances” against Holmes.

Penn has said that makes him eligible for the death penalty, though she has not said if she will seek it.

Also arraigned Wednesday was Darron Slayton. He and the other four suspects were indicted on one count of armed robbery in connection with a holdup Aug. 26 at a Chevron on Buford Highway.

In addition, Adside, Johnson and Slayton were indicted on one count each of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault for an Aug. 25 incident at a Waffle House on Bethelview Road.