Valdosta Daily Times

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August 8, 2011

Police arrest murder suspect

VALDOSTA — Valdosta Police officers have arrested a man on suspicion of murder in the case of the homeless man who was found dead early Saturday morning outside the vacant Loco’s Grill and Pub on Gornto Road.

Valdosta Police Cmdr. Brian Childress said the officers made the arrest around 9 p.m. Saturday following an intensive investigation. The man in custody has not yet been formally charged, but Childress said as soon as the autopsy results have been confirmed today, he is expected to be charged with felony murder.

Childress said police are not yet ready to identify either man, and was able to provide few details other than that both men were homeless.

“There appeared to have been an altercation between the two men. We have substantial evidence that there was an argument, perhaps territorial, between them which resulted in one of the men being killed,” Childress said.

Given the circumstances surrounding the murder, Childress said they were very fortunate to have identified the suspect so quickly.

“Det. Scottie Johns worked non-stop until this man was brought in for questioning. In addition, the evidence collected by the Crime Scene technicians, Bradley Ingram and David Walter, as well as the work by Officer Tye Schultz and Sgt. Tomas Shaviria, ensured that this case was quickly resolved.”Childress said more information and the men’s names would be released pending the release of the autopsy report today.

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