Three men have been arrested in connection with the Jan. 26 shooting death of 39-year-old Joy Lee Ann Brown, the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
Arrested were Randolph Christopher Johnson, 24, of Eagle Villas Apartments; Willie O’Brian Baldwin, 27, of Honeycut Drive; and Earl Mathis Conyers, 22, of College Vue Apartments, Sheriff Lynn Anderson announced in a news release.
Deputies found Brown’s body found at 12:35 a.m. Jan. 26 in a residence at Oak Hill Mobile Home Park, in the 25000 block of U.S. Highway 301 North. The case was initially treated as a death investigation.
But results of an autopsy conducted the next day at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Coastal Regional Crime Lab indicated that Brown was the victim of a homicide, but authorities did not initially say how she was killed. Chief Deputy Jared Akins, with the sheriff’s office, said Monday that Brown was shot to death.
Brown, a native of Washington, D.C., had lived in Statesboro for at least 14 years. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Howard University, she made a career out of nursing – most recently as a home health nurse, according to her mother, Madeline Haley.
Sheriff’s investigators have logged hundreds of man-hours on the investigation, Anderson said.
He added that the arrests were based on tips provided by the community, dozens of interviews and the execution of several search warrants on apartments near the Georgia Southern University campus by criminal investigators with the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office as well as investigators to the newly formed Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team. That team, created last week, is a joint effort between the sheriff’s office and the Statesboro Police Department.
This investigation makes the point that crimes of various kinds, including homicide, are interconnected and cross all jurisdictional boundaries, making a combined law enforcement approach essential, Anderson said.
The three suspects are each charged with murder, first-degree burglary, armed robbery, aggravated assault, theft by taking-firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Anderson commended the criminal investigators who worked the case, led by Investigator Walter Deal, along with Crime Suppression Team investigators and the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force agent who assisted.