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Murder victim's family hopes for justice

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The family of 32-year-old Willie Gipson found him beaten to death at his home on Elva Street in East Albany November 7, 2002. The family of 32-year-old Willie Gipson found him beaten to death at his home on Elva Street in East Albany November 7, 2002.

Nine years ago, a supervisor at an Albany Wendy's was beaten to death in his home. Toledo Love was arrested for his involvement in the crime before daybreak, and there's a warrant out for Anthony Richardson, a former employee of the victim.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said a person this week gave him personally the new information needed to make the arrests. The family of Willie Gipson says they felt confident that one day the people who killed him would be caught.

The family of 32-year-old Willie Gipson found him beaten to death at his home on Elva Street in East Albany November 7, 2002.

They've waited nine years for justice. Gipson's mother Georgia Hayles said "It's been a long, long time. Thank God that they made an arrest."

  "It's been a long, long time coming. I know that the person that done it thought they got away with it," said Gipson's brother Jerome Reeves.

Around 6:30 this morning Investigators arrested Toledo Love at this house on Frost Street. They tried to pick up Antony Richardson in Worth County but he wasn't there.

"As you do with any cold case, you just wait patiently and eventually sometimes evidence will develop, and this was a cold case," Edwards said.

Investigators say Gipson, who was a manager at an Albany Wendy's restaurant, was beaten and stomped to death in his home. Prosecutors say robbery was the motive. Richardson was an employee at that restaurant.

 "I feel release. I feel like that justice will be served now," Hayles said.

District Attorney Greg Edwards himself got the needed tip.  "New evidence that made clear a lot of the pieces that Police were looking for."

"Now we as a family, we can come to some type of closure. I know we won't ever see my brother again. At least I know these criminals they will be off the streets," Reeves said.

Willie Gipson had three children, including a set of twins, that are now teenagers. His family had no idea these indictments had been made, but they say they knew one day Gipson's killers would be brought to justice.

Richardson was arrested and charged with Gipson's murder in 2002, but the case was dropped for lack of evidence. Today he is again charged with murder, and on the run from lawmen.

If you have any information about Anthony Richardson, call CRIME STOPPERS at 436-TIPS. You could earn a reward. Love is being held in the Dougherty County Jail.