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APD wants second suspect in double murder

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  While police investigation continues, the city attorney's office launched its own investigation into the business and its location since its it holds a city issued alcohol license.

We learned more about two men who approached the victims, what witnesses say they saw, and why the city's looking into if the latest incident could result in a hearing on whether the bar keeps its alcohol and business license.

When Albany Police arrived at the back of Applejax Sports Bar parking lot early Thursday morning, they were met by a hysterical friend of both Jerro Toye and Josh Walls, trying to help them both. The victims were barely breathing and later died on the scene.

 That friend told police two men approached the back of their vehicle and a fight ensued. He saw Toye and Walls fall to the ground shaking, when he got out, both suspects ran off. Now police are looking at surveillance in the club to piece together what happened.

"There was some surveillance tape and other evidence that needed to be reviewed, the police were actively reviewing that," said District Attorney Greg Edwards.

Even though no shots were fired, police found a loaded clip from a small caliber gun, but no gun was found. They also found loose cash in the grass. "It's pretty clear this is not a random act," said the D. A.

The incident has the attention of Albany City Attorney Nathan Davis who's launched an investigation to see if the city needs to take additional action. "We have standards for a revocation, and see if this incident the recent homicide would fit one of the what I call revocation standards and if so I would send a suggestion over to Mr. Tilson's office, code enforcement," said Davis.

Code enforcement would report its findings back to Davis who would bring it before the commission. Davis says whether the incident happened inside the club or outside the owner is responsible.

"I look at it as one establishment whether it's a retail establishment with a parking lot or a bar with a parking lot, a parking lot is part of the business," Davis said.

Thursday investigator said they believe Willie Frank Lowe is responsible for the crime although he's only charged with a probation violation. He remains in the Dougherty County Jail. Lowe is also know by the alias William Berry.

Prosecutors say he should have never been on Applejax's property because of probation conditions, and his probation has been revoked for failing to check in with his probation officer and pay fines.

 District Attorney Greg Edwards told us additional charges and potentially additional arrests could be made as early as next week.

Investigators say they have received tips from the community that have helped with the investigation. They still encourage anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call Albany Police or Crimestoppers at 229-436-TIPS. They can remain anonymous.

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