1 of 2 suspects takes plea deal in Toombs County murder case

1 of 2 suspects takes plea deal in Toombs County murder case
Hollis Bryant and Israel Williams have been charged with Felony Murder. (Source: Toombs County Sheriff’s Office)

TOOMBS CO., Ga. (WTOC) - The Toombs County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a buried body was that was found in late October turned out to be a missing man.

The body has been identified as Brandon Colson, 26. According to Sheriff Alvie Kight, Colson’s body was found in a makeshift grave in a wooded area off of Pondrosa Road.

26-year-old Brandon Colson has been missing since Oct. 4.
26-year-old Brandon Colson has been missing since Oct. 4. (Source: Lyons Police)

Colson was reported missing on Oct. 4 by the Lyons Police Department. Since then, Lyons Police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have conducted multiple interviews and gained information that led to the execution of a search warrant in the Ponderosa Road area.

Toombs County Sheriff Alvie Knight believes Colson was killed the day he went missing.

During the search, the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, Lyons Police Department, GBI, and GEMA used Cadaver dogs to locate the makeshift grave.

“There was an area with freshly turned dirt like it had been dug. But it was covered with large branches. In fact, several trees had been cut and laid over it,” said Knight.

Hollis Bryant, 24, and Israel Williams, 19, have both been charged with Felony Murder. Additional charges and arrests are pending as this is an active investigation.

Bryant took a plea deal on Nov. 14 and was sentenced to life with parole. Williams did not take a plea deal and will have another court date at some point in the near future.

The sheriff says they used a previous bench warrant for one of the suspects from a separate case to arrest him while they worked and obtained an arrest warrant for the second suspect overnight.

Prosecutors would not elaborate on the evidence in the case but said the investigation of the victim’s disappearance helped point to the suspects in his death.

“The police work was absolutely essential,” said Tripp Fitzner, Assistant District Attorney. “This was a joint effort from the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office, Lyons Police, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.”

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the GBI at 478.374.6988, the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office at 912.526.6778, or the Lyons Police Department at 912.526.3638.

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