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Cordele teen arrested in murder of 72-year-old woman

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

CORDELE, GA (WALB) – Mamie Evelyn Wright was shot three times when she surprised a burglar in her mobile home Wednesday morning.

Nineteen-year-old Brandon Dwight Harrington, who lived just a block away from the victim, was booked into the Crisp County jail a little after 6:00 Friday morning.

Harrington lives within view of Wright's home, but neighbors still don't understand the connection between the two. One neighbor said Wright was a simple lady and never even carried a handbag, but they did agree on one thing-- they are relieved a suspected murdered is off the streets.

Lois Carter is rejoicing. She says she's rejoicing because a suspected murderer is finally off the streets. "That lady didn't deserve it, nobody deserves their life to be taken like that," said Carter.

Mamie Wright had just returned home from shopping Wednesday morning and walked in on a burglar who shot her three times in her home at 106 North 13th Street. She still managed to call 911 and give police a description of the shooter.

"Nice woman, work and stay home she did her own work selling stuff," said Carter.

Carter's sister lives in a development directly across from the home of Wright and across from the home of the man authorities took into custody, 19-year-old Brandon Dwight Harrington.

Harrington was booked into the Crisp County Jail under eight charges, including felony murder. "If it were my boy and he did it I would say the same thing, you don't take nobody life," said Carter.

He lived at 107 North Bass Street, just a street away from Wright. She says if Harrington did kill Wright he will ultimately pay the price. "He broke one of the ten commandments, thou shall not kill," said Carter.

Carter says now she and several others will be able to rest easy from this night forward.

Harrington is also charged with Malice Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a first offender, robbery of a person 65 years or older, and burglary.

Police were not able to tell us if they were going to make any more arrests or if they anticipate any more charges.

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