A third suspect has been formally charged with murder in the 2017 killing of Van Buren Township woman Egypt Covington.
Shandon Ray Groom, a 28-year-old from Toledo was charged Thursday with murder and home invasion three years after Covington was found bound and shot in her home.
The arrest is another piece of the puzzle in the case and for her family, it’s another step toward justice.
Groom was arrested three days before Christmas. He was charged with felony murder and two counts of first degree home invasion. He is accused of entering Covington’s home and killing her after she got home from a yoga class.
Groom was the latest to be arrested after two big breaks in the case. Timothy Moore was arrested in November and Shane Evans was arrested early December.
Covington’s brother, D’Wayne Turner said he and his fiancee Lindsay are excited about the progress, but have mixed emotions after their first holiday season since the arrests.
“It brings it all to life and we now have faces that we can get mad at instead wondering what we didn’t know,” Lindsay Brink said.
There’s still a long way to go in the investigation. The family is stressing that they still need help and there’s still a $30,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
“We see a light at the end of the tunnel,” Turner said. “It’s still an open investigation, so we still want people to throw in tips if they know anything.”
Turner and Brink are starting a new podcast aimed at telling Covington’s story and helping other families touched by similar tragedies.
The three suspects are expected to return to court Jan. 13.