Suspect arrested in Telfair murder

Joshua Lamar Helton arrested in connection with Independence Day murder in Telfair County. / Telfair County Sheriff's Office

FIRST UPDATE 2:07 PM, 7/6/13

Sheriff Chris Steverson reports that 64-year-old Judy Larue Murrow was killed by a single gunshot to the head on July 4th.

Reports also indicate Murrow and Helton were former neighbors, and Helton had known Murrow's family for some time prior to this incident.


Officials with the Telfair County Sheriff's Office are reporting that an arrest has been made in the July 4th murder of 64-year-old Judy Larue Murrow.

On Thursday authorities were notified of a dead body near the Jacksonville landing on the Ocmulgee River, and reportedly classified the case as a homicide immediately.

After only 24-hours of intense investigation, officials took out warrants for 25-year-old Joshua Lamar Helton and are charging him with the murder of Murrow.

Sheriff Chris Steverson of the Telfair County Sheriff's Office credits the quick arrest to the relentless efforts put forth by investigators who worked around the clock to follow up on this case.

Helton is currently being held in the Hillsborough County Jail, and this investigation is ongoing.

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