Family says justice finally served in Westbrook murder

Published: Jul. 27, 2012 at 9:07 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2012 at 9:07 PM EDT
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The family of an Albany man found nude and shot to death in an illegal dump site in West Albany in April, say they are relieved that justice is finally being done in his death.

Friday, Albany Police charged a woman for the April murder of 52-year-old Anthony Westbrook and investigators say they expect more arrests soon.

24-year-old Sade Britt today is now charged with killing 52-year-old Anthony Westbrook. In April, Westbrook, a military veteran was found nude, shot once in the back of the head and lying on a mattress in an illegal dump site in the 1700 bock Westtown Road.  His sister said the arrest gives the family some relief.

"It's been very hard on us, especially on me. I can't rest knowing that somebody's out there that's going around killing people, and hadn't no justice been found. But justice is found now and I'm glad for that," said Jacqueline Thomas, Westbrook's sister.

Investigators say on April 3rd Britt wearing a mask used Westbrook's debit card at a downtown Albany bank ATM, driving his car.  The next day Westbrook's body was found in the dump.

"It was quickly learned that Mr. Westbrook's vehicle, personal identification, and credit cards had been stolen and used," said Detective Schemika Foster.

Investigators say tips helped lead them to Britt, who at the time was out on bail, charged with aggravated assault for attacking a woman with a gun.

She has been jailed on theft charges since her arrest, and Friday murder charges were added. His sister said Westbrook knew Britt, and had been trying to help her.

"I don't know what triggered her to do something like that.  It's sad.  It's sad that you can't help people without your life being in jeopardy," said Thomas.

Investigators refused to talk about the motive in Westbrook's death, saying they are still waiting on more forensic evidence from the GBI lab, and that more arrests are expected.

"We believe that we have sufficient evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to establish both, a means, an opportunity, and a motive for this particular case," said District Attorney Greg Edwards.

For Westbrook's sister, the arrest in his murder she says helps in her grief.

"It will help me rest, and set my heart and mind at east.  That's all I wanted.  Was justice for Anthony," said Thomas.

Investigator say community tips played a big role in taking this surveillance photo all the way to a murder arrest.

Sade Britt's attorney, Roosevelt Carter, told me Friday afternoon that Britt will enter a plea of not guilty, and will fight the charges against her.

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