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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

February 17, 2009
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ACI's Tracking Team Catches Up with Murder Suspect -- in his mother's attic

On February 9, 2009 the Decatur County Georgia Sheriff’s Office called Apalachee Correctional Institution and requested K-9 assistance. Sergeants C. Sneads and A. Mercer, along with Officers T. Hatcher and K. Smith, were called in to assist. They were advised that they were needed on Highway 27 in Decatur County, Georgia about one mile from the Florida line. Once they arrived on the scene they were advised by Decatur County Sheriff’s Office staff that a subject by the name of (redacted) was spotted outside a particular residence by one of the Deputies. The suspect was supposed to be picked up for a parole violation and he was also wanted for questioning in a murder that occurred in Grady County, Georgia.

When the Deputy approached the suspect; the subject fled the area on foot. At that time Sergeants Sneads, his team K-9 Man and a representative from the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office began to track the subject. A short distance into the track they discovered a bag of marijuana that was packaged for sale and also a matchbox full of what appeared to be crack cocaine that the suspect had discarded while fleeing. They continued the track for approximately 2.9 miles, tracking up to a residence that was identified as belonging to the mother of the suspect Approximately one hour later Sheriff’s Department staff obtained permission from the homeowner to search the residence. The suspect was found hiding in the attic of the home. He was taken into custody without incident.

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