2017-02-01 / Front Page

$1,000 REWARD OFFERED

By Diana Royal


Quame Lamar Collins Quame Lamar Collins A suspect has been identified and a $1,000 reward offered for information leading to his arrest.

According to Burke County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard, after an extensive investigation by the BCSO and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, warrants for murder have been issued on Quame Lamar Collins in connection with a double homicide last week.

Collins, 25, is a suspect in the shooting deaths of Marshall Jordan Jr., 65, and Eddie Lewis Grubbs, 64. On Monday afternoon, Jan. 23, deputies responded to a report that shots had been fired at the River Road residence, and upon arrival, discovered the bodies of the two men. A third victim, Walter Smith, 65, also suffered non life-threatening injuries and was transported to Augusta for treatment.

Blanchard said the BCSO SWAT Team, Crime Suppression Team and K-9 units, as well as the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Georgia State Patrol have combed the area for Collins, whose last known address is 3120 Blackmon Court in Hephzibah.

Blanchard said Collins is considered armed and dangerous, and anyone who may come into contact with him should call 911 immediately. Anyone with information is asked to contact the BCSO at 706.554.2133 or the GBI at 706.595.2575.

This isn’t the first time Collins has been charged with murder in Burke County. He was indicted by a grand jury in September 2014 on two counts of murder for the death of Mandrekgus Delvin Bonner. Bonner was shot in April 2014 in an incident the indictment referred to as a “gun battle,” and died in the driveway of his Waynesboro home. Collins was charged with two counts of murder along with several other charges.

According to Blanchard, Collins pleaded guilty to lesser charges and served two years.

Collins was also one of 77 persons arrested in 2012 in the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Operation Smoke Screen which targeted burglary suspects.

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