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Homicides are up in Albany

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The South Harding Shooting makes it the 10th homicide death this year, the District Attorney says that number is higher than previous years.

District Attorney Greg Edwards says crime is still down in Albany, but that the 10 homicide deaths this year is up from previous years.

" Yes that is a higher rate, particularly within the last I would say six weeks we've had four deaths by reason of homicide,” Greg Edwards, Dougherty D.A.

Saturday, Albany police made a quick arrest in the shooting death of 24-year-old Lashon Johnson, who was shot in his apartment on W Gordon Avenue Saturday morning.

“That matter was brought forward very quickly because the police were able to develop information in fact with the help of persons that were at the scene,” continued Edwards.

Edwards says this case will now go before a grand jury.

" I anticipate that we will have a full presentation to the grand jury to review this particular case before the end of the year."

No arrests have been made in last night's shooting death of 30-year-old Kentrell Knighton on South Harding Street, along with several other unsolved murders this year. Edwards said it is important for the public to provide information to law enforcers so that justice is served.

" You hear all the time that there's no justice in the system but there's no justice if there are no people. The people must make the system work."

He also said participating in the jury process is important.

“They need to serve on juries and make sure that they participate in the process, so that you will know that justice will be done, because you are doing it, “ said Edwards.

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