Multiple arrests, charges made in PTC murder case

Multiple arrests, charges made in PTC murder case

The Peachtree City Police Department announced charges Thursday relating to the death of Michael Tolbert Jr., who was found deceased behind the Wisdom Point shopping center Aug.3.

In a press release, police said that detectives investigating the death have determined that Tolbert died as a result of a gunshot wound that he received at the Woodsmill Apartment Complex in the early morning hours of Aug. 2. Thomas J. Blandburg Jr., 26, of Jonesboro was previously arrested for reckless conduct in relation to discharging a firearm at that location. Blandburg has now additionally been charged with murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, in relation to the incident.

Blandburg was also previously charged with aggravated assault in relation to a shooting incident in the Wynnmeade neighborhood on the same date as the murder. Another victim of that same incident has been discovered, and an additional aggravated assault charge has been issued in regards to that incident accordingly.

An extensive investigation into the murder revealed reason to believe several other people were present for the shooting, and aided or abetted in the crime. Detectives have issued the following charges accordingly:

Donnell Huggins, 20, of Wynnmeade Parkway is charged with murder (party to the crime), aggravated assault (party to the crime), and false satements, concealment of facts in matters within jurisdiction of state.

Jose Redden, 24, of Wynnmeade Parkway is charged with murder (party to the crime), aggravated assault (party to the crime), and false statements, concealment of facts in matters within jurisdiction of state.

Keila Brooks, 43, of Wynnmeade Parkway is charged with murder (party to the crime), aggravated assault (party to the crime).

Huggins and Redden are currently incarcerated at the Fayette County Jail. Warrants have been issued for Brooks, and her arrest is pending her release from receiving medical treatment.

During the investigation, detectives questioned numerous potential witnesses and were provided with false information. The following individuals, who were not directly involved with the shooting, were arrested and charged for interfering with the investigation:

Barbara Johnson, 57, of West Manor in Peachtree City was arrested on Aug. 13 and charged with false statements, concealment of facts in matters within jurisdiction of state.

Cassandra Garcia, 28, of Jonesboro was arrested on Aug. 13 and charged with false statements, concealment of facts in matters within jurisdiction of state

Wanda Barber, 58, of Wynnmeade Parkway  was arrested Aug. 11 and charged with false statements, concealment of facts in matters within jurisdiction of state