Arrest made in 17-year-old Columbus cold case investigation

Arrest made in 17-year-old Columbus cold case investigation

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Columbus Police Department announced Thursday an arrest in the 2003 murder investigation.

According to police, the body of 45-year-old Albert Woolfolk was found in his home on Macon Road at around 10 a.m. on the morning of July 18, 2003. Woolfolk had been stabbed multiple times. He had a son and a wife, who were not at the home during the incident.

“It’s a great feeling to be able to share with the family, and I was able to speak with them earlier to let them know that we appreciate their patience,” said Columbus Police Chief Freddie Blackmon.

According to Blackmon, cold case detective Stuart Carter located physical evidence in the case, which connected 47-year-old Alvin Shane Barfield to Woolfolk’s murder. Police said Barfield was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force around 6 a.m. Thursday. Barfield is at the J. Rueben Detention Center in Conway, South Carolina awaiting extradition.

“I’ve waited 17 years,17 years for this day,” said the victim’s brother, Gene Woolfolk, Jr. “I’m just glad it’s finally here and I’m ready to move on from here and hopefully seek justice for my brother. He was the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back if he had to. That’s the best way I can describe him.”

No further details in this case are being made available at this time and no other arrests have been made. Anyone with more information regarding the case is asked to contact the Columbus Police Department at (706) 225-4319.

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