Police are mum on suspected murder weapon found in the woods near the scene
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Joseph Michael White, who had allegedly shot and killed his own brother on March 29, remains in custody at the Grady County Detention Center, according to Cairo Police Chief Keith Sandefur.
Authorities will not say what type of weapon a specialized K9 unit with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources found in the woods approximately 20 yards south of the 161 13th Ave. S.W. residence where the shooting took place.
After allegedly shooting his brother, Travis Christopher White, 33, just after 1 p.m. on March 29, White fled the scene only to come out of the woods on the east side of Monrovia Growers nursery on GA Hwy. 111 South.
According to Chief Sandefur, the suspect was spotted by Monrovia employees who confronted him but did not attempt to detain him, but simply called 911.
“The Monrovia employees were unaware a crime had been committed at that time,” Chief Sandefur said.
The chief said an unmarked Georgia Bureau of Investigation unit responded to the 911 call and agents were able to apprehend White, 31, before he knew the vehicle was occupied by law enforcement officers.
Rumors of what lead to the fatal shooting abound, but Chief Sandefur says the allegations it was an argument over a woman or a pair of shoes are “pure hearsay.”
Police are awaiting the results of the ballistic testing of the weapon authorities found, which they believe to have been the murder weapon.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting the city police in the murder probe.