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UPDATE: 16-year-old charged with murder in Friday convenience store killing

A west Bibb County 16-year-old was charged with murder shortly before 3 p.m. today, after officers got a warrant in the midnight killing of a man at a gas station.

The teen will be held until a Superior Court judge determines bail, said Chief Deputy David Davis. It wasn’t clear whether he would be charged as an adult and held in Bibb County’s jail or sent to a youth detention center.

Jaymal Patel died at 5:54 a.m. Friday at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones. Patel had been robbed and shot twice as he waited for his brother to get out of work from the RaceWay convenience store at 5127 Mercer University Drive, just east of Interstate 475.

“The suspect was sort of hiding in the dark,” Davis said. The attacker robbed Patel, shot him, and then started walking toward Macon.

Davis said authorities hadn’t found any links between Friday morning’s slaying of Jaymal Patel and Sunday night’s robbery and killing of Dipak “Danny” Patel. There is also no known family connection, Davis said. Separately, on July 15, Lina Food Store owner Dilipbhai “Danny” Patel was shot and killed in Baldwin County during a botched armed robbery at a convenience store.

David said Bibb County and Macon detectives worked together on Friday’s case.

“We’ve had a whole score of investigators who’ve been working through the night,” he said.

Using the RaceWay’s security camera footage, investigators saw a person talking with Jaymal Patel. They were able to identify the minivan that carried that man. He and three others, all in their late teens or early 20s, were taken into custody just before 5 a.m. for questioning, while the minivan was seized from the West Club Apartments complex about a mile from the RaceWay.

Those four men ultimately led investigators to the suspect, who was taken into custody in west Bibb County shortly before 3 p.m.

Davis said he didn’t know whether any of those four men would be charged. They have been cooperative.

Police are still looking for the 9 mm silver handgun used in the slaying.

Anyone with information about the cases is asked to call Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (478) 742-2330 or (877) 68-CRIME.

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