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Accused murderer indicted

Sonyanna Thomas Sonyanna Thomas

December 11, 2003

Albany-- The man arrested for the murder of a wife and mother has been indicted.

Sammy Lee Brown is charged with kidnapping and killing Sonyanna Thomas. She was abducted from her home, killed and her body dumped at Skeeter Beach in Worth County in October.

Sammy Lee Brown was mistakenly released from jail just weeks before the murder. But no one will accept responsibility for the mistake.

Brown was being held in the Lee County jail and was supposed to have been returned to the Dougherty County Jail to serve a burglary sentence, but instead was released in September. Lee County jailers said they checked with Dougherty County before releasing Brown and they were told there was not a hold on him.

Dougherty County jailers say Lee County never checked with them. Dougherty Jail Administrators have not investigated the matter and don't plan to. Lee County's investigation concludes their jailers acted properly.

Posted at 4:35 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com