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Two arrested in Excelsior slaying case

    Two men were arrested Wednesday in connection with the killing of a man whose body was found Saturday on the side of a Candler County road.
    Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent-in-Charge Cathy Sapp said Denzel Akins and Rashad Jones were taken into custody Wednesday in the death of Perry Herbert, 24, whose address has not yet been released.
    Herbert’s body was
discovered around 5 p.m. Saturday on Excelsior Church Road in Excelsior, a Candler County community near Metter and Pulaski.
    At Herald press time Thursday, Sapp had no information on ages or addresses for Akins and Jones, referring inquiries to the Candler County Sheriff’s Office.
    Jones is held in the Candler County Jail, while Akins is being held in the Emanuel County Jail, she said.
    Candler County Sheriff Homer Bell said Jones is charged with felony murder and that additional charges could be filed. He said he had no information on Akins’ charges but assumed they would be the same.
    He referred further questions about the case to Candler County sheriff’s Investigator Melvin Ivey, who did not return a message Thursday left at the sheriff’s office, and did not answer calls to his cellphone.
    A spokesperson at the Emanuel County Jail said the only information available on Akins was that he is being held for Candler County. Neither jail would provide ages or addresses for Akins or Jones Thursday.
    Bell did say Akins was sent to the Emanuel County Jail to keep him separated from Jones because the Candler County Jail does not have adequate facilities to keep the two separated, and that separation is necessary considering the ongoing investigation.
    Sapp would not release the manner or cause of Herbert’s death, citing the ongoing investigation.
    Anyone with information is asked to contact the Statesboro GBI office at (912) 871-1121 or Candler County Sheriff’s Office at (912) 685-2568.

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