Police make arrest in Wright murder

ALBANY, Ga. -- Police officers arrested Brandon Harrington, 19, for the murder of 70-year-old Mamie Wright two days after she was shot to death, a press release sent to The Albany Herald Tuesday said.

Harrington is in the Crisp County Detention Facility charged with felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery of a person 65 years old or older and firearms possession charges, the release stated.

According to the press release, Wright was shot at her 106 N. 13th St. home at about 1:45 p.m. after returning from a shopping trip. She encountered Harrington burglarizing her home.

Harrington shot Wright and ran away, the release added. She called 911, and officers arrived in time to hear Wright give a description of her assailant.

Wright was taken to Crisp Regional Hospital, where she died. A Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy determined she died of a gunshot to the chest.

Police had earlier deployed a digital surveillance system at the Clara Scott Homes facility across from Wright's home. That system caught Harrington entering his residence at 107 N. Bass St. carrying items before the assault was reported. Search warrants allowed officers to enter Harrington's residence, where they found numerous items linking him to the murder, the release stated.

Cordele police were assisted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Crisp County Sheriff's Office and the Tri-County SWAT Team.

"This was the greatest coordination of resources among law enforcement agencies I have experienced in almost 21 years as a police chief," Cordele Police Chief Dwayne Orrick said. "This community is very fortunate to have access to the quality of law enforcement officers that worked this investigation."