U.S. Marshals Task Force officer, Pike County murder suspect shot during execution of arrest warrant

STAFF REPORT ::: The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Fayette County that is related to a recent Pike County murder. The preliminary investigation indicates that at 9:18 a.m., the U.S. Marshals Service and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office executed an arrest warrant for Antonio Murgado Jr. at 429 Sage Brush Trail, Fayetteville. Murgado […]

U.S. Marshal Service arrests third Pike County murder suspect

STAFF REPORT ::: A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the July 16 murder of James Knight. Antonio Murgado Jr., age 19, was arrested in Fayette County by the United States Marshal Service. An officer involved shooting occurred during Murgado’s arrest. At the time of Knight’s murder, Murgado Jr. was on bond in […]

14-year-old charged in Pike County murder; third suspect at large has been identified

STAFF REPORT ::: A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the Saturday night murder of James Knight. Knight was shot and killed outside the residence located at 214 Patton Road in Pike County. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office said a 14-year-old juvenile was arrested Tuesday afternoon for their alleged involvement in Knight’s shooting […]

Pike County murder suspect apprehended

STAFF REPORT ::: Jaiden Chappell, the Griffin woman suspected in the murder of 19-year-old James Knight, of Pike County, is in custody. Chappell, age 18, has been charged with murder and is being held in the Pike County Jail while awaiting her first court appearance. Authorities say Knight was shot and killed outside the residence […]

Griffin woman identified as murder suspect in Saturday night Pike County shooting

STAFF REPORT ::: A Griffin woman, 18-year-old Jaiden Chappell, is being sought by Pike County authorities in connection with a murder. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office responded to 214 Patton Road at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday in response to a shooting that left one man dead. The victim has been identified as 19-year-old James Knight. […]

BREAKING: One woman killed, man seriously wounded in Thursday morning shooting; suspect in custody

STAFF REPORT ::: An arrest has been made in an early Thursday morning shooting that killed one woman and left a man seriously wounded. The Griffin Police Department responded at approximately 2:51 a.m. to Vineyard Village Apartments at 1547 Highway 16 West, Apartment C, in reference to a report of a person shot. Upon arrival, […]

Remains of Upson County murder victim located in creek in remote, heavily wooded area

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The remains of missing Upson County murder victim Stanley Steverson were recovered Monday. Steverson’s body was found in a small creek off Pleasant Grove Road in southern Upson County. Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore said the creek was deep in the woods with an extremely steep bank. The harsh terrain made […]

Officials release information in murder case that led to suspect’s public suicide at Ingles

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Stanley Steverson, of Thomaston, has been identified as the person police say was murdered last week by Demonte Terrell Davis, the man who committed suicide Sunday afternoon in the Griffin Ingles parking lot. Authorities say Davis had agreed to peacefully surrender to police at Ingles but when he arrived, committed suicide. […]

Sheriff: Man wanted for Upson County murder committed suicide in Ingles parking lot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A man who was scheduled to turn himself in to authorities in connection with an Upson County murder committed suicide in the Ingles parking lot Sunday afternoon, officials say. Despite rumors circulating rampantly on social media, there was no other fatality or injury associated with this incident. According to Spalding County […]

Two arrests made in murder of Jacqueris Holland

STAFF REPORT ::: Two arrests have been made in the May 27 murder of Jacqueris Holland, who was travelling north on North Hill Street near the old People’s Choice Club at approximately 2:20 a.m. when a vehicle passed him and fired shots into his vehicle. The silver suspect vehicle then continued travelling north and disappeared. […]

Malik Yarbrough sentenced to life without parole for 2020 murder of Donnell Brown

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Malik Yarbrough, the Griffin man convicted in the 2020 murder of Robert Donnel Brown, has been sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. Superior Court Judge Scott L. Ballard on Wednesday handed down the sentence following a lengthy sentencing hearing during which both the state and defense […]

Griffin man sentenced to life without parole in 2020 domestic violence-related murder

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin man, 57-year-old Donald Eugene Colquitt, has been convicted in the 2020 murder of Munteshia Brown. His victim, Munteshia Brown, sustained a gunshot wound to the chest in the parking lot of Macedonia Baptist Church on July 11, 2020. Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Broder said Colquitt and Brown […]

Griffin man reported being struck by “stray bullet” prior to succumbing to his wounds

STAFF REPORT ::: Wildarious Draggs, of D.F. Fuller Drive, was conscious and responsive just before 6 p.m. Tuesday when Griffin Police officers arrived at 1001 Lake Avenue in response to a shooting. Draggs reported that he had been outside when he was struck by a stray bullet from the southbound direction of 16th Street. He […]

Jury deliberates only 25 minutes before convicting Griffin teen in 2020 murder case

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County jury on Wednesday deliberated only 25 minutes before returning a guilty verdict in the murder trial of 18-year-old Malik Yarbrough. Yarbrough was convicted of the July 14, 2020, murder of 46-year-old Robert Donnel Brown. Yarbrough was only 16-years-old when he shot Brown in the back three times in […]

Sheriff: Arrest made in Sunday murder that took place with children playing nearby

STAFF REPORT ::: A 19-year-old Griffin man, Brandon Hawkins, has been charged with murder and aggravated assault following a Sunday afternoon shooting. Deputies of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division, the Spalding County Fire Department, Griffin Fire-Rescue and WellStar Spalding Regional EMS responded at approximately 1:18 p.m. to 615 Northside Drive Apartment 28A […]