According to Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap, agents with the GBI, Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force, Smyrna Police Department, and BCSO Deputies and Investigators, arrested two individuals for the murder of Caleb Demond Thomas, 19, of Marietta which occurred in the area of Parkway Station Drive SE and Grand Central Way SW, in Cartersville.


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.

PREVIOUS May 17 2023

According to Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap, on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at approximately 1947 hours, Patrol Deputies and Investigators were dispatched to the area of Parkway Station Drive SE near Grand Central Way SE, Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia in reference to an assault in progress later determined to be homicide.

The Victim/ Caleb Demond Thomas, 19, of Marietta, was treated on scene by First Responders and transported to Piedmont Cartersville Hospital where he passed away as a result of his injuries.


Witnesses reported a silver in color, four door, Toyota Tacoma was parked in the cul-de-sac of Parkway Station Drive and Thomas was seen running from the vehicle. Two unknown males subjects chased down Thomas and assaulted him prior to leaving in the Toyota.


The Driver was described as white male in his twenties wearing no shirt and the Passenger was also described as white male also in his twenties.


Anyone with information is asked to the contact the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 770-382-5050 ext. 6025.