Teen charged in Griffin murder apprehended in Clayton County

Malik Yarbrough

Booking photo provided by the Griffin Police Department


Malik Yarbrough, the 16-year-old suspect charged with murder in the Tuesday shooting death of Robert D. Brown, has been apprehended in Clayton County.

After conducting numerous interviews and executing search warrants in this case, Griffin Police Department (GPD) investigators identified Yarbrough as the suspect in Brown’s murder. After further investigation, they notified the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) that Yarbrough may have fled to that county.

Deputies of the CCSO apprehended the suspect and transported him to GPD headquarters for questioning before he was released to the Spalding County Jail where he remains behind bars.

Authorities allege Yarbrough shot and killed Brown, age 42, of Clayton County, after a dispute involving multiple people.

Brown’s body was located in the front yard of 212 Melrose Avenue at approximately 12:13 a.m. Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Yarbrough has been charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Investigators say they expect additional charges will be brought against Yarbrough.

Officials have determined Yarbrough will be tried as an adult.

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