Prepared by Savannah Hembree


Wednesday, December 05 at approximately 3:25 AM, Athens-Clarke County Police Officers responded to an Armed Robbery at Lays Shell Station on the corner of Lexington Road and Gaines School Road. Upon arrival, Officers discovered a Murder/ Armed Robbery had occurred. ACCPD Detectives and the GBI Special Agents are currently conducting a thorough investigation. At this time Forensic Units from both Agencies are on the scene. The victim has been transported to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Authorities are releasing a portion of the store’s surveillance video. Both Agencies are requesting the Public’s assistance in identifying the suspect or any additional information concerning this crime. A GBI forensic sketch artist has begun work on a sketch of the suspect. That sketch will be released upon completion.
The suspect is as a Black Male, approximately 5’9”-5’10”, wearing what appeared to be a dark hooded sweatshirt, a dark colored mask covering the lower portion of his face, pants and dark shoes.

An image and description of the suspect can be found on the Athens-Clarke County Police Department’s website,, the Athens-Clarke County website,, ACTV, channel 7 on Charter Cable and on-line at, and on Newsource 15, the University of Georgia’s TV Station.

If you have any information, please contact Det. Chuck Ivey, ACCPD, at 706-613-3888 Ext. 337 or GBI Special Agent Rebecca Shaw at the GBI Tip Line 1-800-597-8477.