Macon police say they have made an arrest in the city’s first homicide of the year.
At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Police Chief Mike Burns said investigators arrested Roosevelt Anderson Jr., 42, of the 3400 block of Larkwood Drive in Macon, and charged him with the Jan. 7 slaying of Willie Frank Miller Sr., 77, of 3703 Partridge Drive.
“We can put him at the scene and in the victim’s car,” said Burns, who praised his investigators for solving the year’s first homicide so quickly.
Investigators were able to link Anderson to the shooting death because he was driving Miller’s stolen red Toyota Tercel on Jan. 6, apparently not long after the killing.
Anderson got into a traffic accident and attempted to flee the scene, but officers were able to catch up with him.
At the time, the vehicle hadn’t been reported stolen, nor had Miller’s body been discovered, Burns said.
Miller was found by his son, Willie Frank Miller Jr., on Jan. 7, and he called police to investigate.
Burns withheld other details of the case Wednesday, citing the ongoing investigation, but said no other arrests are expected now.
Burns wouldn’t say how or why Anderson was at Miller’s home, nor would he say what kind of gun was used to shoot Miller. The gun hasn’t been recovered, but investigators know what kind of gun was used. An autopsy hasn’t been completed, Burns said.
Police arrested Anderson Jan. 15 and charged him with theft by receiving, which was related to the stolen car. While he was in the Bibb County jail, investigators also charged him with malice murder.
Anderson has been arrested several times since 1990 on a variety of charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer, theft by taking, robbery by force, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and distribute and a couple of superior court parole violations.
Miller’s homicide was the first of three reported in the city so far in 2010. Police also have arrested a suspect in the Jan. 9 shooting death of Cornelius Baldwin.
However, police officials are asking for the public’s assistance in solving the shooting death of Nathaniel Jones, who was killed Monday night. He died with a single gunshot wound to the neck during an armed robbery attempt at a residence in the 3900 block of Dover Street.
“We’ve gotten a lot of rumors and tips,” Burns said. “We’re having to battle the rumor process. We’re working around the clock on this one as well.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.
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