Milledgeville man convicted of murder

A 33-year-old Milledgeville man was convicted of murder Thursday on the two-year anniversary of the date his victim was found dead in his home, according to the Ocmulgee District Attorney’s Office.

After a Baldwin County jury deliberated for a day and a half, Kenyatti Me’Kel Collins was sentenced to life in prison, said District Attorney Fred Bright.

Bright said 31-year-old Alton Durden, of East Camden Street in Milledgeville, was last seen on Aug. 5, 2007.

His body was found at his home on Aug. 20 after the landlord sought him out for rent money, said prosecutor DeLeigh Shelton.Durden was bludgeoned to death by a blunt object, she said.

Shelton said Collins was linked to Durden’s death by Durden’s blood being found on Collins’ clothing.

DNA from Collins also was found on a cigarette butt at the scene and his fingerprint was found on a doorknob, she said.