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Accused Warner Robins killer wanted elsewhere on outstanding burglary, arson charges

Scene of ‘possible homicide’ in Warner Robins

Police were dispatched Saturday morning to "a possible homicide" at a residence at Villa North Court, according to a Warner Robins police news release. Crime scene investigators remained on scene late Saturday afternoon with a section of the road
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Police were dispatched Saturday morning to "a possible homicide" at a residence at Villa North Court, according to a Warner Robins police news release. Crime scene investigators remained on scene late Saturday afternoon with a section of the road

A man charged with a Warner Robins killing is wanted in Wheeler County in connection with a burglary and an arson within 12 hours of each other earlier this year.

Daniel Maurice Thomas, 24, is charged with murder, aggravated assault and burglary in the shooting of 55-year-old Elliott Mizell, who was found dead in his bed Saturday morning.

Mizell, who had been mentoring Thomas, suffered gunshot wounds to his neck and head in the burglary of his home, according to arrest warrants.

Thomas is wanted in Wheeler County on charges of burglary, arson and criminal damage to property, said Houston County sheriff's Capt. Alan Everidge.

Thomas allegedly set fire to his then-girlfriend's clothes in the bathtub of a mobile home they were sharing at Towns Mobile Home Park in Alamo the morning of Jan. 28. The fire burned the tub and the wall of the trailer, according to arrest warrants.

Additionally, Thomas reportedly busted up a refrigerator, tearing its door off, and strung clothes everywhere in that incident, according to warrants.

Thomas and his then-girlfriend were having "spats" and she'd gone out of town with some of her girlfriends for a few days when Thomas set the fire , Alamo Police Chief Roger Bryant said.

Later that day, between 5 and 7 p.m. when her neighbors across the street were out to dinner, Thomas is accused of prying open a door of the neighbors' mobile home, breaking the glass, and taking a blue glass jar that had about $100 in bills and change in it, according to warrants.

Thomas allegedly traded in stolen coins for bills at a nearby Flash Foods convenience store and shared with the store clerk via his cellphone a video he'd made of burning his former girlfriend's clothes in the bathtub, Bryant said.

Thomas left town after the incidents, with his cellphone pinging in Texas. Warrants were issued for Thomas' arrest.

When Thomas was taken into custody late Monday night at his Warner Robins home and jailed three hours later in the Houston County Detention Center early Tuesday, the outstanding warrants popped up.

Thomas remained jailed Wednesday without bond on the Warner Robins charges and a hold from Wheeler County on the charges there.

Becky Purser: (478) 256-9559, @BecPurser

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