Macon police, family plead for information in slaying

Macon police and Albert Jelks III’s sisters put out a public plea for information Thursday about the July 14 beating that led to Jelks’ death.

Police have people of interest in the case but have not released any names, police detective Shaun Bridger said.

Authorities don’t have information about a motive or the weapon that was used in the assault. It’s also unclear how long Jelks, 51, was unconscious in the parking lot outside The Sleep Shop, 3252 Vineville Ave., before police found him in the early morning hours of July 14, Bridger said.

Ellen Finkelstein, Jelks’ younger sister, said her brother worked at the store and often stayed after hours to trade baseball cards on eBay.

When police found him, he had been struck in the head and one of his eyes had been destroyed. He underwent brain surgery to give his brain room to swell, Finkelstein said.

Jelks survived on life support until July 19, she said.

Finkelstein said her brother wasn’t doing anything wrong.

“He was attacked randomly and viciously,” she said. “He did not deserve to die like this.

“Please help us.”

Macon Regional CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.