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July 18, 2013

Update: Two arrested in Valdosta murder case


The Valdosta Police Department had released the following:
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On July 13, 2013 at approximately 9:30 p.m., Valdosta Police were summoned to an abandoned house located in the 200 block of Walnut Street, Valdosta, Georgia for a possible prowler in the area.  Police arrived on scene and  located Robert Pett,  22 year old Caucasian male, who was deceased  Pett was located at the rear of the house.  Police sealed off the area and began to investigate the incident.  Valdosta Police Department Detectives and Criminalist from the Valdosta Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory gathered evidence and information from the location.  Details regarding injuries to Pett are not being discussed at this time due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.
Two men have been arrested for the murder of Robert Pett that happened on July 13, 2013.  Michael Pindling, 22 year old African American male and Deron Wallace, 21 year old African American male.  The men had been in the Valdosta area for approximately one month and were known to the victim.   Valdosta Police Department Detectives and Criminalist from the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory had collected and analyzed evidence from the case and arrest warrants for murder charges on the two men were obtained yesterday.  Detectives obtained information that the suspects had fled the Valdosta Area right after the homicide and possibly headed to New York City.  Information was obtained that the suspects were returning to the Valdosta Area on Wednesday.  Authorities along the possible route were notified and Pindling and Wallace were arrested in the Savannah, Georgia area by Georgia State Patrol and Port Wentworth Georgia police.    Valdosta Police Department Detectives executed a search warrant early Thursday morning at a residence that had been occupied by the suspects while they had been in Valdosta and additional evidence related to the homicide was collected to include a handgun possibly used in the offense.  

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