GBI Makes Arrest in Coffee County Death Investigation

Douglas, GA (August 28, 2022) – The GBI Douglas Office has arrested James Schmit, age 52, of Douglas in connection with the death of John Lark Conley, age 80. Schmit is charged with one count each of felony murder, aggravated assault, and arson. Schmit is being held in the Coffee County Jail.

GBI Makes Arrest in Appling County Death Investigation

Baxley, GA (August 28, 2022) – The GBI has arrested and charged Reginald Stokes, age 38, of Baxley, with one count of felony murder, one count of malice murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and four counts of cruelty to a child in the 3rd degree, in connection to the death of Malika Shanae’ Harris. Stokes was apprehended in Warwick, GA, by Worth County Sheriff’s Office deputies and taken to the Appling County Jail. The GBI Douglas office recognizes the assistance provided by Worth County and Crisp County Sheriff’s Offices in the location and arrest of Reginald Stokes.

DeKalb County Man Arrested for Sexual Exploitation of Children

Decatur, GA (August 27, 2022) – On Thursday, August 25, 2022, Samuel “Tripp” Pickens Cook III, age 54, of DeKalb County, GA, was arrested for 10 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Cook’s online activity after receiving a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the possession and distribution of child sexual abuse material.

GBI Investigates Homicide in Eastman


Eastman, GA (August 26, 2022)On Wednesday, August 24, 2022, Andre Lynn Johnson, age 16, of Rhine, was arrested and charged with malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault relating to the death of Za’Quon Brown. Jemel Wilcox, age 38, of Rhine, was arrested for one count of false statements and writings relating to this investigation. Wilcox is Johnson’s mother. Additional charges and arrests are anticipated. 


Eastman, GA (August 22, 2022) – The GBI is investigating a homicide in Eastman, GA. On Sunday, August 21, 2022, at 6:36 p.m., the Eastman Police Department requested the GBI for assistance. Eastman Police Department officers initially responded to Neese Street in reference to shots fired call.  When responding officers arrived, they discovered a wrecked car that struck a tree. Upon further examination, the driver, Za’Quon Brown, age 21, of Oglethorpe, was found deceased in the car from a gunshot wound.  

Two Muscogee County Men Charged with the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Columbus, GA (August 26, 2022) – On Tuesday, August 16, 2022, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit executed two unrelated search warrants in Columbus, GA. Arrested at the two homes were Kenneth Haygood, age 19, and Noah Towe, age 22, both of Columbus. Haygood was charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children and Towe was charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of children.

Five Arrested on Drug and Weapons Charges in Baldwin, GA

On Monday, August 22, 2022, the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO), Georgia Department of Community Supervision, Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, Cornelia Police Department, and Baldwin Police Department executed a search warrant at 1283 Shore Street in Baldwin, GA. In July 2022, an investigation began into the alleged drug sales being conducted out of the residence.  

Large Methamphetamine Lab Dismantled in North Georgia

On August 24, 2022, Dustin Tyler Burgess, age 34, of Ellijay, GA, and Uriel C. Mendoza, age 30, of Copperhill, TN, were arrested and both charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of children.

Arrest Made after Human Remains Found in Lumpkin County, Georgia

Dahlonega, GA (August 26, 2022) –  Charles Edward Cates Jr., 55, of Dahlonega, has been arrested and charged with the murder after human remains were found in Lumpkin County.

Arrests Made in Americus Homicide Investigation

Americus, GA (August 26, 2022) – On Thursday August 25, 2022, the GBI Americus Field Office, with the assistance the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, Americus Police Department, and the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, arrested Charles Harvey Jr., age 23. Harvey was taken into custody in Cordele and taken to the Crisp County Law Enforcement Center. Harvey will be taken to the Sumter County Law Enforcement Center today and booked on charges of burglary and murder in connection to the death of Calvin Smith, Jr.

Huntsville, Alabama Men Arrested in Walker County Murder Investigation

Two men have been arrested in connection to the death of Dakota Bradshaw in Rossville, GA. Kavon Collier, age 23, of Huntsville, AL, and Eric Dodds, age 23, of Huntsville, AL have both been charged with murder.