VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - As family members cleaned out items from Timothy Linder's home in the 1700 block of Marion Street Tuesday afternoon, they were still trying to cope with the news that he was shot to death around 11 p.m. Monday night.
"When officers arrived there, we found 40 year-old Timothy Linder, who had been shot multiple times," said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress. "South Georgia Medical Center EMS arrived, transported him to a hospital where he was later pronounced deceased."
The mother of two of Linder's children, Charynn Sanders, said she wishes investigators would share more information with her children. "I feel like they should talk more to my kids and let my kids know what's goin' on...they haven't contacted them. They came and spoke to his girlfriend," Sanders explained.
According to Childress, 16 year-old Ricky Barron, III was driven by another person to Linder's home, where Barron intended to commit armed robbery. But, Barron and Linder got into an altercation and started shooting at each other.
Phillp Mitchell lives across the street and heard the gun shots. "I got up, opened the door, eased out," Mitchell described. "I looked [across the street] and I saw this guy layin' down on the steps; looked like he was layin' on the steps tryin to crawl back in the house."
Barron fled the scene in a vehicle and was later found and arrested at a hotel on North Ashley Street, where he had been staying off and on. "Since then, we have recovered the vehicle that was used to take Mr. Barron over there. That vehicle is actually in custody of the police department at the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory," Chief Childress stated.
Police did speak to the driver of the car, and as of Tuesday he was not facing any charges. Barron is being charged as an adult with armed robbery, felony murder, and possesion of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Barron was initially taken to the Lowndes County Jail, but as of Tuesday afternoon had been being transferred to a regional youth detention center. Investigators do have a motive in the case, but Childress would not specify what it was Tuesday because the investigation was still ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Valdosta Police Department Bureau of Investigations at 229-293-3145 or the VPD Crime Tip Line at 229-293-3091.