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Semi-pro football player is suspect in river murder case

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents spent Monday in Florida gathering more information in the murder of a woman whose body was found July 4th in the Ocmulgee River.

The suspect is a semi-pro football player, and the victim's son says he doesn't know why anyone would want his mother dead or why someone would dump her body hundreds of miles away.

Kenneth Murrow spent the Independence Day weekend piecing together his mother's murder. 64-year-old Judy Murrow was shot death and her body dumped in the Ocmulgee River in Telfair County some 300 miles away from her Tampa, Florida home.

"She had a gunshot wound to the head," says Kenneth Murrow. "That's how I ended up finding out. I knew then that there was a gun that was stolen. She had a little gun she kept with her"

Murrow says he learned of his mother's murder after he discovered her truck and handgun were missing. He also grew suspicious of 25-year-old Josh Helton, a former neighbor and semi-pro football player with the Brookfield Ballers.

He says Helton showed up at his home Friday driving a car with a Georgia licence plate and claimed to have delivered watermelons to south Georgia. What Helton didn't know is that Judy Murrow's body had been found. Hours later Helton was arrested.

While its not clear where Murrow was murdered, investigators recovered a gun and piece of her jewelry at a Tampa area pawn shop.

Investigators are now asking why he would kill a family friend.

They believe Murrow's body may have been in the water for 2 or 3 days before it was discovered.

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