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Valdosta Police crack cold case from seven years ago

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Valdosta Police have cracked a cold murder case from seven years ago.

Mike Thomas is currently serving time at Macon State Prison for a cruelty to children conviction in Lowndes County.

Now, Valdosta police have charged him with murdering Nicholas Rawls.

Rawls was shot at his apartment on Melrose Drive on September 18, 2003.

Valdosta's cold case investigation unit cracked the case after speaking to witnesses and uncovering new evidence.

"We've been very successful in solving crimes because of the help of the public but I can absolutely tell you in this specific case that Det. Chammoun worked, if he had the cooperation in 2003 we believe we could have solved it sooner than this," said Valdosta Police Cmdr. Brian Childress.

Police are still investigating because they say Thomas had accomplices.

The cold case unit even traveled to Germany to interview a witness.

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