Fort Valley police make second arrest in deadly shooting investigation

Officers arrested 18-year-old Curtis Randolph of Fort Valley on the charges of tampering with evidence, obstruction and giving false statements.

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Fort Valley Police officers arrested Curtis Randolph in connection to the shooting death of Kevin “Batman” Neal.

FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — Fort Valley Police officers made a second arrest in connection to a February 25 deadly shooting on Rayfield Wright Street.

According to Fort Valley Police Department Facebook post, officers arrested 18-year-old Curtis Randolph of Fort Valley. Officers charged Randolph with tampering with evidence, obstruction, and giving false statements.

Last month, officers arrested 20-year-old Trayvon Thomas of Fort Valley. Officers charged Thomas with murder and violation of the Georgia Street Gang and Terrorism Act in the shooting death of 44-year-old Kevin “Batman” Neal.

On February 25, officers responded to an aggravated assault call at 210 Rayfield Wright Street. Upon arrival, officers found Neal shot in the upper torso. Officers tried to render aid but Neal died at the scene.

Both Thomas and Randolph are in the Peach County Jail.

Fort Valley Police Chief Lawrence Spurgeon says this investigation is ongoing and more arrests may be forthcoming.

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