A 51-year-old Macon man was arrested Wednesday and charged in the Feb. 21 homicide of 27-year-old Sophia LaTessa Denmark.
Gregory Lamont Allen of 2127 Walnut St., the Pleasant Hill address where Denmark was found strangled to death and also lived, remains in custody at the Bibb County jail without bond.
Macon police Capt. Jimmy Barbee said Allen has confessed to the killing.
On and off, Denmark had rented a room in a small shed-like building behind the Pleasant Hill boarding house where Allen has lived for about three years.
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Barbee said Allen told police he was attempting to steal a television from the bedroom of one of Denmark’s two housemates when she came into the small building. Having been caught in the act, he killed her, police said.
“There is no real motive,” Barbee said.
A friend came to visit Denmark at about 4:30 p.m. that Saturday, according to police. The woman said she found the front entrance open and went inside, but Denmark wasn’t there. Less than an hour later, a male visitor found Denmark lying face down behind her bedroom door.
Two witnesses have told police they saw a man walk into the building Saturday afternoon, but he denied entering Denmark’s residence.
Police believe that man was Allen.
Sometime during the 45-minute span visitors were checking on Denmark, authorities say, Allen emerged from the room where he strangled Denmark and moved her body across the hall to her bedroom. Barbee said Allen had checked himself into Central State psychiatric hospital in Milledgeville on Feb. 22 or 23. He was released Wednesday morning and apprehended by Macon police following an appearance in municipal court on an unrelated auto theft charge.
Police have said Eugene Talton, 63, and Eugene Jackson, 48, were living in the building with Denmark. Both men had been booked into the Bibb County jail two days before she was killed.
A Macon native who attended Central High School, Denmark was buried last Friday at Cherry Blossom Cemetery in Macon.
Information from The Telegraph’s archives was used in this report. To contact writer Ashley Tusan Joyner, call 744-4347.