Columbus man wanted in connection to murder turns himself in

Columbus man wanted in connection to murder turns himself in

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus man wanted in connection with the murder of his six-month-old son and the child's mother is now behind bars.

Brandon Conner turned himself in to Columbus police Tuesday night. That's according to Conner's attorney Mark Shelnutt.

No word yet on when Conner will have his first hearing.

Police believe Conner killed Rosella Mitchell and their son before setting their house on fire last Thursday, located on Winifred Ln. The coroner says the mother and son were found nearly burned beyond recognition.

An autopsy showed that Mitchell sustained life-threatening stab wounds.

While police were on the scene of the fire on Thursday, Conner was pulled over by police on Wynnton Rd. for traffic violations. Police say they saw several suspicious things in his car, including what appeared to be blood on his clothes.

He was taken to police headquarters and questioned for hours. He was arrested for the traffic violations and his clothes, cars, and other evidence were sent for testing and analysis.

One neighbor, Jimmy Albert, was at work when the fire started, but he saw the damage when he returned to his home in the neighborhood.

"I'm hoping that they find out who did it, because that is just sad. I'm concerned about my family, too. Why would you kill an innocent child? I mean, you shouldn't even do anything to his mother, but to kill an innocent child who can't defend himself, that doesn't make any sense to me."

Mitchell's family received the update about the homicide ruling on Friday, and the news caught them completely by surprise, without any clue about who may be responsible.

Her aunt spoke to us on the phone, and says she just saw Mitchell and her baby on Sunday. She remembers telling her she wanted to see the baby more often.

Mitchell was an only child, and now her mother is grieving the loss of the only daughter and grandchild she had.

Mitchell was taking classes at Strayer University in Columbus, and according to neighbors, she had only been at her Winifred Ln. address for a few months.

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