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Man killed in motel stabbing

Albany police are searching for Tara Lee Harrell, 27, for questioning in a stabbing death at an Albany motel Wednesday night. She is a white female, 5 feet 8, and weighs 160 pounds. (Albany Police Department photo)

Albany police are searching for Tara Lee Harrell, 27, for questioning in a stabbing death at an Albany motel Wednesday night. She is a white female, 5 feet 8, and weighs 160 pounds. (Albany Police Department photo)

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Floyd Louis Jr., 58, is facing murder charges in the Wednesday night stabbing death of a 54-year-old man at a North Slappey Boulevard motel. (Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office)

ALBANY — Two suspects have been arrested in the Wednesday night stabbing death of a man at the Dollar Inn, 2706 N. Slappey Blvd.

According to reports, officers of the Albany Police Department and a unit of the Dougherty County EMS responded to the motel shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday and found a 54-year-old black male who was unresponsive. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, officials say.

The APD’s robbery and homicide unit announced around 3 p.m. Thursday that warrants for murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime will be taken against Louis Floyd Jr., 58, and Tara Herrell, 27. Both Floyd and Herrell were in the Dougherty County Jail Thursday, officials said.

APD spokeswoman Phyllis Banks said that following the stabbing incident, witnesses and persons of interest were interviewed by detectives throughout Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. A lookout was launched for a black male and a white female who were traveling in a 2001 tan Dodge Stratus, Georgia license plate No. PHG7095. Herrell was initially sought for questioning.

Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler said that while there was no question that the death was a homicide, an autopsy that was to have been performed Thursday could reveal more information. The identity of the victim was being withheld pending notification of next of kin, Fowler said.

According to the APD, Wednesday’s death represents at least the sixth homicide in Albany this year. The total will depend on whether a July death, also at the Dollar Inn, is ultimately ruled a homicide. On July 29, Britany Comerford, 25, was found dead and partially undressed in one of the motel rooms. A coroner’s report found no evidence of foul play, but police officials say the case is still under investigation.

A report provided by William Sparks, APD crime analyst, states the 2013 six-homicide figure to be a 50 percent year-to-date increase over 2012, which ended with four murders. There were a total of 10 homicides in 2011, the Sparks report stated.

APD officials say the number of incidents addressed at the North Slappey Dollar Inn has stayed relatively consistent, with 25 in 2011, 25 in 2012 and 23 this year as if Thursday. Officials stress that the incidents reflect only APD experience and not that of other law enforcement agencies, such as the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office or the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit.