By Debbie Gregory
A Macon County jury deliberated for four and a half hours on Friday, March 6, before finding 33-year-old Rodney Garrett, of Antioch, a co-defendant in a Macon County double homicide, guilty of two counts of facilitation of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of two people at a residence on New Harmony Road in 2017.
The two shooting victims, 32-year-old Alisha Renee Mondoni, of Hartsville, and 44-year-old James Turner, of Macon County, were discovered in a car on February 11, 2017, at a residence on New Harmony Road by a neighbor who called 911. Officers from the Macon County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and the TBI was called in to assist with the investigation.
The investigation led to the arrests of Keithandre Murray, of Lebanon, and Rodney Garrett a few days later. The two suspects were each indicted by the Macon County Grand Jury.
Keithandre Murray was convicted of two counts of first degree premeditated murder by a Macon County Criminal Court jury in 2019.
Testimony during the trial last week showed that Keithandre Murray was the actual shooter and Rodney Garrett aided Murray in the commission of first degree murder.
According to ADA Bill Calla, the two murder victims, Alisha Renee Mondoni and James Turner, weren’t the intended targets. “There was a feud between Keithandre Murray and Steven Turner Jr.,” said ADA Calla, “and Murray went to Steven’s uncle’s house - who was James Turner - looking for him. When he got there, Steven wasn’t there, but Mondoni and James Turner were in the driveway, so Murray shot and killed them both. Rodney Garrett was with him.”
Garrett’s verdict came after a week long trial that began on Monday, March 2. He will be sentenced on April 30th.