Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:57 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:57:23 GMT
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County. Carroll died after being shot on April 28 at the residence of Samples' ex-wife. Carroll drove himself to the hospital,More >>
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
October 20, 2003
Albany -- A trail of stolen items lead police to 35-year-old Sammy Brown, and he now faces murder charges in the death of Sonyanna Thomas.
He's accused of breaking into Sonyanna Thomas' hose, kidnapping her, murdering her, and dumping her body in a Worth County creek. Fishermen found her body October 11th, a week after her family reported her missing.
At the beginning of the month, there were a rash of break-ins around this Butler Drive neighborhood. Now police think Sonyanna Thomas likely surprised Brown when he broke into her home her at 200 Butler Drive on October 2nd.
What caused Brown to then kill Thomas will always haunt her family.
The news that Sammy Brown was charged with Sonyanna Thomas' kidnapping and murder didn't surprise her husband, Lawrence. He says Brown loaded stolen goods from his house in his wife's car, and took her to Worth County on the night of October 2nd.
But he tries not think about when and how his wife died. "The uncertainty of not knowing where your loved one is worse that knowing if they are dead or alive," he said.
Thirteen-year-old Jamilah Thomas, Sonyanna's daughter, says Brown stole a wonderful woman from this world.
Police were led to Brown when he tried to pawn the stolen items from Thomas' house at a Broad Avenue pawn shop. Brown had been in jail since October 3rd, the day after Thomas was reported missing, for burglarizing several other Albany houses.
Lawrence Thomas says will support any charge the D.A.'s office feels is just, including the death penalty. And, they say their relief didn't come with Brown's arrest, but rather when Sonyanna body was found and later laid to rest. Brown is charged with murder, kidnapping, theft by taking, and burglary.
The Thomas family has decided to move from their house, and start fresh. They also say they feel safer, knowing a suspect is behind bars.