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APD makes arrest in murder case

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Albany Police arrested Willie Frank Lowe on a probation violation, but they believe that Lowe is involved in the deaths of 23-year-old Jerro Toye and 22-year-old Joshua Walls. They were stabbed to death in a grassy parking area behind AppleJax Sports Bar and Lounge.

Investigators believe he is responsible for the murders and say they have recovered a kitchen knife which was used as the murder weapon.

Investigators spent the day tracking down as many witnesses as they could trying to figure out what sparked the deadly confrontation. The victims bodies were rushed to the crime lab in hopes of learning more about what led to their deaths.

Albany Police investigators talked with neighbors inside Marchelle Estates mobile home park looking for answers in the early morning double homicide.

"This violence is out of hand, we just, this is a terrible situation in terms of two deaths in this one instance," said District Attorney Greg Edwards.

Friends tell us the victims Jerro Toye and Joshua O'Neal Walls were inseparable. Toye's brother walked the parking lot with a friend, but didn't want to talk on camera. He says he wasn't with his brother last night and doesn't understand why this happened. Investigators say whatever happened, occurred in that grassy parking lot.

"There was no altercation inside the night club, everything actually happened afterwards," Edwards said.

Friends who knew Joshua Walls were shocked at the news. "He was nice and quiet, and he kept to himself. I never heard him getting into trouble with anyone like that," Laquacious Jefferson said.

Both men had been charged in the past, Jerro Toye was charged in a burglary at the Oasis on South Slappey in 2008 and Joshua Walls still had pending charges for a burglary.

The D. A. said there was an open case involving him.

But police don't think those crimes or gang participation has anything to do with what led up to their deaths.

Coroner Emma Quimbley says investigators at the crime lab are examining the bodies to determine what kind of weapon was used in the murders.

Albany Police continue to ask for the community help with this case. Anyone with information is encouraged to call police or Crime Stoppers. That hotline is 229-436-TIPS.

You can remain anonymous and may earn a reward.

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