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Man won't be charged with two deaths

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  A man who stabbed two people to death outside an Albany night club will not be charged with their deaths. Prosecutors say Willie Lowe was acting in self defense.

Lowe told authorities that 23-year-old Jerro Toye and 22-year-old Joshua O'Neal Walls tried to rob him with a gun around 2:00 a.m. last Thursday.

Lowe said the gun the men had misfired, and the three men fought. He killed both men with a knife.

Investigators now say a drug deal turned into a robbery when Willie Lowe or Willie Berry refused to buy the marijuana Jerro Toye and Joshua Walls were selling. They believe four people attacked him as he walked through the alley behind AppleJax Sport Bar, he was never in the bar.

"The assailants including the two deceased persons Mr. Walls and Mr. Toye attacked Mr. Lowe. He was struck with a pistol about his head," said D. A. Greg Edwards.

That's when Lowe threw about a hundred dollars he had on him at the suspects trying to cut the robbery short, when that didn't work he pulled out the kitchen knife and stabbed Toye and Walls, Edwards says in self defense.

"They were going to shoot him but because the magazine had been disengaged the gun did not operate, but they were definitely representing according to the information that they were going to they used the term they were going to burn him," said D. A. Greg Edwards.

Police recovered the money and small amount of marijuana, and the gun clip, but not the 380 automatic pistol. In addition to today's announcement city leaders met with police, code enforcement, and others about AppleJax's itself.

 "We look at the property itself and the history of incidents on the property, obviously the history of incidents involving the existing owner will be very significant and of course the ordinances, the liquor license requirements both state and local will have to be looked into," said Asst. City Mgr. Wes Smith.

To determine whether it's an isolated incident or something more.

 "If there is something more than just a single incident than we would want to consider that and see if there is any action appropriate," said Smith.

Leaders say because of the severity of the incident, they want to make sure nothing like this happens again.

Their bodies were discovered in the parking lot of AppleJax night club.



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