16-year-old identified as suspect in Monday night murder


Investigators have identified a teenager as the suspect in an overnight shooting that left one man dead.

The Griffin Police Department has named 16-year-old Malik Yarbrough as the gunman who shot and killed 46-year-old Robert D. Brown, of Clayton County.

Authorities say numerous interviews were conducted and several search warrants executed in this case, and that based on the information obtained, investigators determined that multiple people including Brown were involved in a dispute prior to the shooting.

Officials responded to 212 Melrose Avenue at approximately 12:13 a.m. in response to a report of a person shot. Brown was located deceased in the front yard.

Warrants have been obtained against Yarbrough felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The GPD says the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

Anyone in contact with Malik Yarbrough or who has information pertaining to his whereabouts is asked to call Spalding County E911 at 770.229.9911.

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