Macon police made arrests in two separate, unrelated murder cases that took place Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning, police reports said.
The murders bring the city’s homicide rate total to 17 for 2009.
In the first murder case, Macon police arrested Khirhy Deqwontez Simmons, 19, of 1115 Boulevard, about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and charged him with the murder of Travis Briscoe, 29, of Macon, as well as armed robbery.
According to a police report, Briscoe was shot multiple times with a handgun about 4:40 p.m. at his residence at 1163 Boulevard in what was described as an apparent armed robbery attempt.
Briscoe was transported to The Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he died about 5:30 p.m.
Sgt. Zac Self of the Macon police said that in addition to Simmons, more arrests were expected to be made in the case.
In the other murder, police arrested Ronald Shane Turner, 39, of 2946 Evergreen Drive, about 8 a.m. Thursday.
Turner was charged in the stabbing death of William King, 34, of 3107 Georgia Place, who died about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
Turner also was charged with a probation violation.
According to police reports, officers were summoned to 4023 Marion Ave. just after midnight in response to a stabbing.
When officers arrived, they found King on the ground in front of the residence, bleeding from an abdominal wound.
Witnesses told police King was fighting with two men in front of the house. King told the witnesses he was stabbed, then fell to the ground.
The suspects then fled the scene.
The cause of the fight wasn’t known, Self said.
Self said no other arrests were expected in the stabbing.
Both cases still are under investigation, Self said.
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