Suspect in the deadly North Columbus stabbing arrested, police say

Published: Jul. 25, 2023 at 5:34 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2023 at 5:39 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Columbus Police Department has arrested the suspect in the deadly north Columbus stabbing that killed a 77-year-old woman.

According to the Columbus Police Department, officers responded to reports of an assault in the 7200 block of Wedel Drive close to 6 p.m. on July 24.

Upon arrival at the scene, a 77-year-old victim, later identified as Lystra Lews, was found dead, lying in the home’s foyer, suffering multiple stab wounds. A dog was found deceased at the scene, suffering from stab wounds.

CPD’s Violent Crimes Unit launched an investigation, which has led them to 26-year-old Gregory Wharton, Jr. as a suspect. Wharton, Jr. is described as being 5′9 and weighing 145 pounds. He has brown eyes and short black hair and was last seen wearing a black shirt, black pants with a white stripe and white sneakers, carrying a bookbag.

He is wanted by police for the following crimes,

  • Murder
  • Two counts of battery
  • Possession of a Knife during the commission of a crime
  • Aggravated cruelty to animals

Wharton, Jr. was taken into custody on Wednesday, July 26.