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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

November 6, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany murder suspect is captured late Wednesday night after an eight hour manhunt, driving on the Liberty Bypass.

The 35-year-old former Dougherty County Sheriff's Office employee confesses to viciously murdering his former girlfriend, and mother of two of his children Wednesday.

More than a dozen members of Rashonda Dowell's family gathered Thursday afternoon to grieve the death of the 30-year-old Mother of three.

"That's something we all want to know, why? Why? Why did he have to do it? He could have just left her alone,"  Dowell's Aunt, Helen Washington said

Police say 35-year-old Allen Robinson tried to kidnap Dowell, the mother of two of his children.

Dowell had broken off the relationship, taking out a Temporary Protective Order to keep him away. Robinson told Police he could not cope with the breakup.

 "We know that she was forced into his vehicle, and they attempted to leave the parking lot. When she managed to escape from him and the vehicle," said Albany Police Detective Terrence Whitlock. 

Police say Robinson viciously beat and slashed Dowell as more than a half dozen horrified bystanders looked on.

 "We removed her from the house, we got her some help. But we did the best we could. But it wasn't good enough to save her,"  Washington said.

Robinson fled in his 1996 Cadillac. U.S. Marshals spotted the car on the Liberty Expressway around 11:40PM. Albany Police stopped him and arrested him without a fight.

 "He did admit and confess to the homicide death of Miss Dowell," said Detective  Whitlock

Now her grieving family has to plan to care for her 12 and 10 year old daughters, and 8 year old son.

 "We gonna pray, we gonna stand fast, we gonna pull together. And help my sister Pat raise Shonda's children," Washington said.

Three children without a mother, the most tragic of endings in domestic violence.

Police say they have not found the murder weapon. Detectives say most of the witnesses to the murder were in shock, and are still being questioned. APD is working out counseling for them.

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