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Roommate charged in professor's murder

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A Valdosta man is in jail, charged with killing his roommate, a retired Valdosta State professor.

The body of 72-year-old John Curtis was found in his home Monday morning, and police have charged 40-year-old William Mark Love with killing him.

While police won't say how Dr. John Curtis was killed, they acknowledge that no weapon was involved, and that the two men, who lived together in a house on Williams Street had fought.

 "I came back from class and saw a road was blocked off on both sides right before our driveway," said neighbor Brian Belanger.

Belanger and other neighbors were trying to figure out what happened at the corner of Williams Street.

"Valdosta Police department responded to a call that Dr. Curtis dead in his home at 1100 Williams Street." said Valdosta Police Cmdr. Eugene Bell.

Talking to witnesses on the scene and following leads led police to believe it was Love.

Love lived with Dr. Curtis and police are unsure of the motive behind the crime. When police arrested Love, he was driving a 1984 Thunderbird, which was owned by Dr. Curtis's mother.

"We found him yesterday in Lowndes County at 2:30 p.m. with the vehicle," said Bell.

Police want people to know this wasn't a random act. Police say there may have been a struggle between the two men.

"There isn't someone in the middle of the night doing random killings,"  said Bell.

Neighbor Ron Borders remembers Dr. Curtis as always going out of the way to help someone.

 "We were shocked and surprised to hear of Dr. Curtis's death he went to church with us," said Borders. He was a friend and a mentor to a lot of people in the community."

Dr. Curtis's body will be sent to the Atlanta Crime lab for an autopsy.  William Mark Love is charged with malice murder and is being held without bond.

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