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Tifton man arrested for murdering ex-girlfriend

December 6, 2006

Tifton - - The man police believe shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and her brother is behind bars. The shooting happened Tuesday night at a Tifton apartment complex.

When residents at the Brookfield Mews Apartment heard, it sent shock waves throughout the complex. 

"I've been staying by them 20 something years now. It's overwhelming. It's something you wouldn't believe," says neighbor Feekina Pettiford. 

Police arrested 30 year old Travis Dale Powell at noon Wednesday and charged him with two counts of murder.

The arrest comes less than a week after Powell was released from jail for drug possession in September.

People who know him say they're surprised.

"He really stayed to himself a lot. He was a closed in person about his feelings and stuff like that," says Barry Bennett.

Police say Powell committed the crime in front of children.

"It's really sad for him to be a father and then take the mother out of the world. Who is going to raise the child you know?" asked neighbor Sherry Akins.

Police spent Tuesday night and Wednesday morning looking for him. A tip took them to the Carson Motel. 

"He was hiding out, and the indications are that he was ready to come forward," says Detective Ricky Day.

"It just comes as a surprise and a shock to Tift County that it happened," Bennett says.

Powell could be held in jail for three days before he faces an arraignment.  

Police say Powell shot his girlfriend Mickie Ewings and her brother Phillip Boone.

People who know Mickie say she moved in with her mother recently after a relationship with Powell went bad. One of the children who witnessed the crime was Mickie's son, who is now staying with his grandmother at another relative's home.

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