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Police arrest third suspect in beating

LOGANVILLE - Police have identified the third man accused of brutally beating an elderly couple during a home invasion May 21.

Police chief Michael McHugh said an arrest warrant has been issued for 18-year-old Barry Marquez Partee, 18, charging him with aggravated battery. McHugh said he doesn't know the exact role Partee played in the incident, but said more charges are likely.

Partee's father reportedly called investigators Wednesday night, saying that his son would likely turn himself in Thursday. It is unclear whether Partee is currently in custody, though a jail official said Thursday evening that he was not at the Walton County Detention Center.

A phone call to McHugh's office was not immediately returned.

Partee - along with Corey Butler, 21, and J.J. Blackwell, 18 - is charged with pistol-whipping and robbing 70-year-old C.F. Ewing and his wife, Epsie, 68, in their Covington Street home.

According to police, the three suspects claimed to be interested in buying the Ewings' pickup truck. After being allowed in the home, reports said, they beat the couple and made off with a small amount of cash.

C.F. Ewing was treated for minor injuries at Gwinnett Medical Center and released. His wife remains in critical but stable condition at Atlanta Medical Center and will reportedly require reconstructive surgery on her face.

Blackwell turned himself in Tuesday after being named a suspect in the crime. Butler was arrested as he walked outside the city of Monroe by a Georgia state trooper.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Walton County Sheriff's Office are assisting in the investigation.