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Statesboro police arrest slaying suspect

James Leslie Ward

Statesboro police arrested a man Thursday who they say is suspected of killing a man at Morris Heights Apartments on Wednesday evening.

Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said James Leslie Ward, 33, address unavailable, was arrested on charges he shot and killed Gabriel Henderson, 38, address also unavailable. While the slaying occurred at Morris Heights Apartments, it is unclear whether either man lived there.

Ward was arrested a short time after police issued a lookout for him Thursday morning. He was located on Packinghouse Road and taken into custody without incident, Statesboro Police Cpl. Justin Samples said.

Charges are pending, as investigators are reviewing evidence, but murder will likely be one charge, he said.
Ward's sister, Shevone Denise Ward, 37, of Morris Heights Apartments, was arrested Wednesday evening, charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer for hindering officers during the investigation, Turner said.

Police received a call of gunshots fired at Morris Heights Apartments on Morris Street at approximately 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.

"When officers arrived, the victim ... was located with multiple gunshot wounds," Turner said.

Henderson was immediately transported to the East Georgia Regional Medical Center, where he later died.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Detective Sergeant James Winskey at the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.

Information may also be submitted online at or by sending a text (TIPSSPD followed by your message) to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, Turner said.

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.



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