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Man faces charge in Tifton homicide

David Summers, 26, could be seen in the back of a Tift County Sheriff’s Office vehicle leaving the Albany Police Department Law Enforcement Center Monday afternoon. Summers was wanted in connection to the shooting death of David Barnes in Tifton on Jan. 7.

David Summers, 26, could be seen in the back of a Tift County Sheriff’s Office vehicle leaving the Albany Police Department Law Enforcement Center Monday afternoon. Summers was wanted in connection to the shooting death of David Barnes in Tifton on Jan. 7.

— ALBANY -- Family members of a recent murder victim in Tifton believe they may be able to get a least a little bit of the closure they had been looking for.

After being on the run for three weeks, authorities caught up with 26-year-old David Summers -- who was wanted in connection to the shooting death of 31-year-old David Barnes on Jan. 7 in Tifton -- on Monday in Albany.

"There were murder warrants issued, and we have been looking for him since that time," said Mark Pro, special agent in charge at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation office in Sylvester.

Summers was taken to Tifton from the Albany Police Department Law Enforcement Center just after 3 p.m. Monday, three hours after being arrested at 813-B Byron Road in Albany.

Following his arrest, he was taken to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning. After that, he could be seen in the back of a Tift County Sheriff's Office vehicle leaving Albany.

In Tifton, he will stand trial in connection to the murder charges he currently faces.

Authorities are not sure yet of the motive behind the murder.

"We do know there was an altercation between the two (Summers and Barnes), but don't know (if that is connected to the shooting)," Pro said.

Summers was listed on the Albany Area Crime Stoppers' weekly Most Wanted List for two weeks. He was described as armed and dangerous, and was reported to have gone by the name Jeremy Sabastian Williams.

An anonymous tip ultimately lead police to the location where Summers was staying. Since the shooting, law enforcement officials had been receiving numerous tips regarding his possible whereabouts.

"We received information that he was in Albany, but we also had a lot of information (indicating) he was out of the state," Pro said.

Summers was arrested without incident. The people he was found with Monday were being interviewed immediately following his apprehension.

Among those first to know about the arrest was the Barnes family.

"They were happy to get some closure on the case," said Chad Branch, a detective with the Tift County Sheriff's Office.

The murder weapon had not been located as of mid-afternoon Monday. U.S. Marshals were involved in some technical aspects of the investigation, Pro said.

Initial information on the shooting said that there were reports of a subject on the ground that had been shot at James Avenue and Washington Avenue in Tifton just before 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 7.

Barnes, who lived on the 600 block of East Golden Road, was found unresponsive on Shiloh Drive off of Washington Avenue.