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Homicide victim identified

Coroner: Woman was stabbed 'multiple times'

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Homicide victim identified

James Dexter Porter

A woman found in her South Mulberry Street home Sunday was stabbed to death. Statesboro Police said the death of Deborah Miles is being ruled a homicide.

James Dexter Porter, 46, of Kennedy Bridge Road in Claxton, is being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail on felony murder charges related to Miles’ death, said Statesboro Police Community Information Specialist Madison Bridges.

Police did not reveal whether Porter and Miles, 50, were acquainted. Bridges said Miles was stabbed in the upper torso. Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch said Miles was stabbed “multiple times.”

Miles’ body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations crime lab in Savannah Tuesday morning for an autopsy, but the autopsy is not scheduled until Wednesday, Futch said.

Police were called around 5:30 p.m. Sunday to conduct a welfare check on Miles at a home on the 100 block of South Mulberry Street, Bridges said.

Unable to get the victim to come to the door or answer the telephone, officers entered the home and found the victim deceased, she said.

Futch said the victim had been dead “between six to eight hours” before discovery.

Miles’ death was the second homicide to which Statesboro police responded in a week. On Oct. 2, the body of David Kenimer, 58, was found in the woods behind his residence at Palmetto Court Apartments on Highway 301 North.

Kenimer’s daughter, Melissa Sue Kenimer, 38, is charged with the felony murder of her father, as well as with concealing a death and financial transaction card theft and fraud.

The cases are unrelated.


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





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