Murder suspect arrested twice-- days before the murder - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Murder suspect arrested twice-- days before the murder

July 14, 2004

The Tift County Sheriff's office says they did nothing wrong when they refused to admit an offender who would later become the prime suspect in a murder case.

Waylon Holsenbeck is in jail now charged with murdering 76-year old Mary Hancock. Two weeks before the June murder, Holsenbeck was brought to the Tift County Jail twice on minor offenses. The first time, jailers wouldn't book him because he had head injures, a policy they say is standard. On the second arrest, Tifton Police say jailers again resisted before admitting Holsenbeck.

"I asked them why they would not take him and they said he had some injures. I asked did he get injured during his arrest they said no. They said he had pior injuries in the past. I told them I had him on two felony warrants and I could not just let him walk outside," says Lt. Porter Jackson of the Tifton police department.

A Sheriff's Department spokesperson says it is the responsibility of the arresting officer to have the inmate's injuries treated before they are brought to the jail.

posted at 6:03PM by scott.hunter@walb.com

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Spring allergies sweep Southwest GA

    Spring allergies sweep Southwest GA

    Friday, February 23 2018 7:27 AM EST2018-02-23 12:27:44 GMT
    Theck said trees blooming are the main culprit for spring pollens right now (Source: WALB)Theck said trees blooming are the main culprit for spring pollens right now (Source: WALB)

    You've no doubt noticed that green or yellow dust filling the air, and piling up on homes, cars, and almost everywhere.

    More >>

    You've no doubt noticed that green or yellow dust filling the air, and piling up on homes, cars, and almost everywhere.

    More >>
  • Americus neighborhood remembers man killed in shooting

    Americus neighborhood remembers man killed in shooting

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:22 PM EST2018-02-23 04:22:05 GMT
    Candles were lit to honor Lynwood at the vigil. (Source: WALB)Candles were lit to honor Lynwood at the vigil. (Source: WALB)

    A community is mourning the loss of one of its own after a deadly shooting in Americus on Saturday.

    More >>

    A community is mourning the loss of one of its own after a deadly shooting in Americus on Saturday.

    More >>
  • New tennis facility coming to Lee County

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:06 PM EST2018-02-23 04:06:04 GMT
    New Tennis Courts are being built on Starksville Avenue in Lee County. (Source: WALB)New Tennis Courts are being built on Starksville Avenue in Lee County. (Source: WALB)
    New Tennis Courts are being built on Starksville Avenue. (SourceNew Tennis Courts are being built on Starksville Avenue. (Source

    The Lee County tennis courts on Fire Tower Road will soon be a thing of the past. 

    More >>

    The Lee County tennis courts on Fire Tower Road will soon be a thing of the past. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly