WATCH: Columbus police make arrest in 2003 murder of Albert Woolfolk

WATCH: Columbus police make arrest in 2003 murder of Albert Woolfolk

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - It has been more than 17 years since a Columbus man was murdered inside his own home and now police have arrested a man they believe in responsible.

Woolfolk was last seen alive on July 16, 2003 shortly before midnight as he left Coach’s Corner Sports Cafe located on Gentian Blvd.

Albert Woolfolk with his wife and newborn son.
Albert Woolfolk with his wife and newborn son. (Source: Gene Woolfolk Jr.)

Investigators obtained a warrant for the arrest of Alvin Shane Barfield in December 2020. He was arrested in Myrtle Beach, S.C. this morning.

Columbus Chief of Police Freddie Blackmon did not comment on what evidence led investigators to developing Barfield as a suspect and later charging him.

“Our ongoing partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies have, once again, led to outstanding results,” said Myrtle Beach Chief of Police Amy Prock. “Our city is safer today, and Mr. Barfield will be held accountable for his actions, thanks to the hard work and dedication of police officers in South Carolina and Georgia.”

Barfield is currently being held in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C. where he awaits extradition to Columbus.

Alvin Barfield, charged with a 2003 Columbus murder
Alvin Barfield, charged with a 2003 Columbus murder (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

You can watch the full press conference from Chief Blackmon in the video below.

CPD Update on 2003 Murder of Albert Woolfolk

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