Two killed in stabbing

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY, Ga. -- In the aftermath of a predawn double homicide Thursday, Albany Police Department investigators had a person of interest in the deaths in custody on unrelated charges late in the afternoon.

Jerro Toye, 23, and Joshua O'Neal Walls, 22, were found stabbed to death about 2:40 a.m. Thursday on a grassy area behind Applejax Sports Bar & Lounge when officers arrived at 1301 E. Broad Ave. establishment, a police report stated.

Police arrested Willie Frank Lowe, 42, on outstanding probation-violation warrants from Randolph County after he turned himself in, Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said. Lowe, who was arrested around 5 p.m. Thursday, was named a person of interest in the double homicide.

"We will determine later based on an earlier investigation the additional charges that will come from this situation," Edwards said. "We believe there is one person involved in the stabbing and that is our person of interest."

Lowe, 42, walked to the bar where Toye and Walls were known to be regular customers. What went on after the three left the bar is under investigation, Edwards said.

Edwards said police recovered the weapon, a kitchen knife. Citing an ongoing investigation, he did not give details on the knife, such as the length of the blade and where it was found.

There is at least one witness so far, Edwards said. He believes more will come forward. No mention of any gang involvement has been made.

The bodies were taken to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation pathology lab in Macon for autopsy. Edwards said the lab will issue a report "within a short period."

An owner/operator of Applejax said she and her family have had the bar since January 1. Mun Patel said the bar has six security guards on duty in the lounge.

"We have worked so hard to make this a good place where everyone can come. It all happened outside," Patel said. "We have security cameras inside and out. What happened last night is not usual here."

The slayings at Applejax were the fourth and fifth of 2011.

Anyone with additional information should call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or investigations at (229) 431-3288. The Spanish speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.

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