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Recovered car leads to murder arrest

December 7, 2006

Albany - Corrie Denby was picked up about an hour and a half after Pat Murphy's car was found in East Albany. A Dougherty County Sheriff's Investigator spotted the 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis at a house on Gardner Avenue, near Turner Job Corps.

Investigators say the killer had pawned the car for crack cocaine. Just before 1 PM, Dougherty County Sheriff's Investigators, GBI Agents and Albany-Dougherty Drug Agents swarmed this home at 1615 Gardner Avenue where they found Pat Murphy's stolen Mercury Marquis.

Assistant Special Agent in Charge Rodney Wall says, "That's the information that we gathered led us to the arrest of this individual." Neighbors say the car had been here for a while, but hadn't been driven, only parked in the drive.

That car lead them to 29-year old Corrie Denby of Leesburg. Investigators believe Denby killed Pat Murphy, then stole his car and pawned it for drugs. But the GBI won't confirm that. Agent Wall says, "He got that car to that house and to another party."

An autopsy was performed on Murphy today, but Wall didn't yet have the results. He did confirm that Murphy was stabbed and wearing a t-shirt on his living room floor. "He was wearing a t-shirt." Was he wearing anything else? "I'm not going to comment on evidence at the scene."

There's no clear link between Murphy and Corrie Denby, but we're told this was not a random act of violence. There was no forced entry at Pat Murphy's house and he and Denby apparently knew each other.  Wall says, "They lived in the same neighborhood."

Investigators are still asking for anyone with information on this murder to call the GBI in Americus or the Lee County Sheriff's office.

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