Man, 71, arrested in connection to Lumpkin homicide

Man, 71, arrested in connection to Lumpkin homicide

LUMPKIN, GA (WTVM) - A suspect has been arrested in connection to death of a Lumpkin man earlier this week.

The Americus office of the GBI is announced the arrest of 71-year-old James Eggleston of Lumpkin, Ga., for the murder of Richard Byrd.

Byrd, 69, was discovered deceased on Tuesday, July 14 from injuries sustained from an assault with a sharp edged weapon.

GBI agents developed Eggleston as a suspect early in the investigation and tracked him across the country by various means while gathering enough information to make the arrest.

On Thursday, July 16 agents obtained a murder warrant for Eggleston's arrest and contacted the Wentzville Police Department for assistance after determining that Eggleston was located in a hotel room located in the City of Wentzville, Mo.

A SWAT team was utilized to the make the arrest due the violent nature of Byrd's murder.

At 9:44 p.m. EST, Eggleston was arrested without incident and transported to the St. Charles County Jail where he is awaiting extradition back to Stewart County, Ga., to face murder charges.

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