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      Seven charged in Fitzgerald lottery murder

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      The Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office have charged seven people in connection to the Fitzgerald home invasion in January that left lottery winner Craigory Burch Jr., dead. /Tosin Fakile

      The Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office have charged seven people in connection to the Fitzgerald home invasion in January that left lottery winner Craigory Burch Jr., dead.

      Sheriff's officials say that 22-year-old Rosalyn Swain, 24-year-old Keyana Dyous, 21-year-old Anjavell Johnson, 27-year-old Earnest Holcombe, 19-year-old Dabrentise Overstreet, 28-year-old Nathaniel Baker and a 17-year-old teenager from Fitzgerald are in custody and all face charges of malice murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

      The shooting happened in the 100 block of Stubbs Avenue on January 21.

      Ben Hill County Sheriff said shortly before midnight on January 21, 3 masked men kicked down the door of the home and asked Craigory Burch Jr. who was a lottery winner in November for money as he was sitting in the living room holding his 2 year old child. Officials said the men shot Burch in both legs stepped out, came back in and shot him again.

      Burch won over $400,000 from the Georgia Lottery in November.

      The home invasion was worked on by Ben Hill County Sheriff's office, GBI and Crisp County's District Attorney's Office. Ben Hill Sheriff Bobby McLemore said there will be more arrests made and that he doesn't want the residents to be worried because this incident was a targeted one.

      "We will work around the clock and we will put as many officers as necessary as we did in the beginning. And we kept these officers on this case around the clock 7 days a week till we got it solved. The people of Fitzgerald can rest assure when we have a crime, we devote whatever time it takes to get the job done," McLemore said.

      Officials said the investigation is still on going. The sheriff said they have 100 percent solve rate on every murder they've worked on in the last twelve years.


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