SAVANNAH, GA (July 8, 2011): A Savannah man who told police he was shot in East Savannah to avoid linking himself to a fatal shooting in the Tatumville area June 21 is being charged with murder in that case.


Warrants are being drawn against Levi Marshall, 22, of the 500 block of Tatum Street for the murder of Alan Dwayne O’Neal Jr., 20, of the 1200 block of Sherman Avenue.


He has been jailed since June 22 on charges of making false statements to police after claiming he was shot in the leg on the east side of town about the same time as the Tatumville shooting.


Police found O’Neal unresponsive in the driveway in the 700 block of Dixon Street about 10:30 p.m. He was declared dead at Memorial University Medical Center.


Within 15 minutes, Marshall, 22, reported he had been shot in East Savannah near 40th and Cedar streets. Instead, the investigation by the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Division shows that Marshall shot O’Neal who fired back, hitting Marshall.


Marshall originally told police he was walking with another man about 10:45 p.m. when he heard shots and ran to a cousin’s house in the 1200 block of East 42nd Street, where he discovered his wound. He reported seeing an older model vehicle driving by about the time of the shooting.


However, Marshall met the description of a man who was seen in front of the Dixon Street house which is just two blocks from his residence.


The investigation is continuing and other charges may be forthcoming.