3rd suspect arrested in Columbia man's January homicide

Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 5:10 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the January shooting death of 23-year-old Columbia resident Dontay Tolston, according to a Police Department news release.

U.S. marshals arrested Jimiah A. Lambert, 20, on Thursday morning in New Orleans, where he was still being held Saturday. Law enforcement had been looking for Lambert in connection with the Tolston homicide.

Tolston was found with a gunshot wound on the floor of his house on Jan. 2 and pronounced dead early the following morning.

Two previous arrests were made in connection to Tolston's death. Martrell Terrell Smith was arrested Jan. 7 in Columbia, facing charges of second-degree murder. Smith is due to appear in court March 19.

Derrick Copelin was also arrested Jan. 7 in New Orleans and faced charges of second-degree murder. Copelin is awaiting a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Boone County.

According to court records, Smith told police he drove Lambert and Copelin to Tolston's residence. Smith told police that Lambert pulled out a gun after buying marijuana from Tolston.

Lambert is being held in New Orleans on $1 million cash bond pending extradition to Boone County, according to the release.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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