Warner Robins homicide victim was a suspected burglar, police say

A man who was shot to death in Warner Robins neighborhood this weekend was a suspect in a couple of recent burglaries in the area, according to the Warner Robins Police Department.

Joel Lamar Graham, whose identity was not made public until after an autopsy late afternoon Monday, had been shot twice when police arrived in the 300 block of Ridgestone Drive about 8 a.m. Saturday.

A 22-year-old who was with Graham had facial wounds, possibly from a knife. He was identified as Tadarius Dykes, according to a news release late Monday.

Graham, 37, died at The Medical Center, Navicent Health, from his wounds. He is the eighth homicide victim in Houston County this year. Seven of the county’s homicides occurred in Warner Robins.

Police did not say who might have shot Graham or what the circumstances surrounding the shooting and cutting were. However, no charges had been filed in the case as of late Monday.

According to Bibb County Superior Court records, Graham, of an Oconee Street address in Warner Robins, was sentenced as a first offender to five years probation in 2015 for trying to steal a Dyson vacuum cleaner from Kohl’s store on Zebulon Road.

Graham was arrested again in 2017 on charges including driving without a tag, seat belt and license. He was booked at the Houston County jail but his release date was unclear.

In February, a warrant was issued for Graham’s arrest after he failed to report to his probation officer, according to court records.

In August, he was booked in the Houston County jail on charges including driving without a license, without a tag and without a seat belt. It was unclear when he was released.

Laura Corley covers education news for The Telegraph, where she advocates for government transparency and writes about issues affecting today’s youth. She grew up in Middle Georgia and graduated from Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism.