Suspect in Harris Co. deputy shooting faces additional charge

Lytishia Horace also faces charges in connection with the May 28 shooting of a Harris County deputy. (Courtesy: Russell County Jail)
Lytishia Horace also faces charges in connection with the May 28 shooting of a Harris County deputy. (Courtesy: Russell County Jail)

HARRIS COUNTY, Ga. – One of the suspects in the shooting of a Harris County deputy is facing another charge in connection with the crime. Lytishia Horace is now charged with aggravated assault in the shooting of Deputy Jamie White.

Horace, 24, was previously released from Harris County Jail on $12,000 bond for a number of charges including tampering with evidence. Horace’s family expressed their disappointment through her attorney Mark Shelnutt. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Webb set bond for Horace at $10,000 Wednesday.

As News 3 has reported, investigators believe Horace helped hide Joe Garrett, the man accused of shooting Deputy Jamie White May 28. Horace allegedly wiped text messages off Garrett’s cell phone and cleaned his car to cover up evidence. Shelnutt does not believe his client deserves jail time.

“As tragic as this incident was, and it was tragic, it was just done by one man who committed this crime,” Shelnutt said. “Nobody else did. That’s just what we think the facts are going to bear out. This was a tragic crime committed by one person.”

Horace will have bond on two conditions:

  1. She cannot have any contact with the defendant, Joe Garrett, or any witnesses other than Garrett’s mother.
  2. She cannot use or have any electronic device.

When News 3 asked about how the aggravated assault charge was added, Shelnutt was not too specific, but he said evidence will come up once the case is presented to a grand jury at a later time.

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