BCSO arrests suspect in double homicide

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Update: Investigators arrested 23-year-old Anthony Toraild Whitehead in connection to the fatal shooting deaths of Derrick Howard and Stacey Van Battle. Whitehead.

Deputies took Whitehead to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Center and charged him with two counts of Murder. He also had a separate charge of Probation Violation of State Court.

Authorities have set no bond for Whitehead.


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting that happened on Fair Street just before 12:30 Friday morning.

Witnesses told police two men were fighting when a third man approached with a gun and fired shots, hitting both men.

The first victim, 60-year-old Stacey Van Battle, died at the scene. The second victim, 49-year-old Derrick Howard, was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The Sheriff’s Office says a possible suspect was taken in for questioning.

Anyone with information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

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