UPDATE | Atlanta PD: Arrest made in the murder of McDuffie County man

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Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

ATLANTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The AJC has said a man accused in the death of a McDuffie County man asked to be released on bail but was denied by the judge Thursday.

Jefferies S. Anderson is accused of killing Alex Newton, 30, after he was allegedly robbing Alex's apartment when Alex came home on his lunch break and confronted him.

Investigators believe the two got into a fight and Newton was killed by Anderson.

It happened in early November.



Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2016

ATLANTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Officials with the Atlanta Police Department are confirming that an arrest was made in the murder of a McDuffie County man.

According to a spokesperson, the APD Fugitive Unit arrested Jefferies S. Anderson on Tuesday.

Officials will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. and release more information.

Police said Alex Newton, 30, found his apartment door kicked in during his lunch break in early November. Newton confronted the crook inside, leading to a fight that ended with him dead.



Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Family members of a McDuffie County man killed by a crook in his Atlanta apartment said an arrest has been made.

Alex Newton's family said a suspect has been arrested in connection to his murder. We're working to find out who that suspect is and what charges have been made.

Police said Alex Newton, 30, found his apartment door kicked in during his lunch break in early November. Newton confronted the crook inside, leading to a fight that ended with him dead.



News 12 NBC 26 News At 11 | Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A McDuffie County family and community are still in mourning days after one of their own loses his life at his Atlanta apartment.

Police say 30-year-old Alex Newton found his apartment door kicked in during his lunch break. Newton confronted the crook inside, leading to a fight that ended with him dead.

Atlanta police have officially identified a suspect following the death of the Thomson-native thanks to surveillance footage from his apartment, who remains at large.

Now, the family and friends Newton leaves behind only have photos and memories to get through the tough time.

"Oh, this one's my favorite," says Beth Newton. She just grabbed an older family photo of her second-youngest child, Alex, with his father.

Four days after his death, she and other family members are together remembering his life at his childhood home not far from Thomson's Brickyard. She says the news of his death left his family in shock and disbelief, hoping that their beloved son, brother and joker was still around.

"He was truly an entertainer, I guess would be a great way to put it," Newton says, "because he always wanted people to laugh and have a good time and love life, just like he did."

She says they've been overwhelmed by the amount of support from the close-knit community after word spread of his death. But she says there are not enough pictures in the world to ease the shock and pain.

"You never think about a thing like this happening to any child, especially your own," Newton says. "It's still very hard to believe that he's not going to come around that corner and ask what's for dinner or what's up or just making you laugh."

His memory lives on, not just through photos but in donations.

More than 25 thousand dollars raised has been raised so far from friends and family. All of that money will be going back to the investigators trying to bring his alleged killer to justice.

"I don't want anyone to have to live through this," Newton says, "and a way to ensure that is that if someone sees that video and knows who that person is, help the police and help us bring closure to this, this horrible thing."

She says that while he was an organ donor, the shooting left officials unable to donate his organs to local hospitals. It's why she's hoping the money raised will help save lives in other ways by helping investigators involved in similar cases.

She says closure for this family will hopefully spare grief for another down the road.

"What we are going to miss the most is raising Alex because he helped raise us," Newton says. "Even in his short 30 years, he lived a full, full life."

Newton's family will be holding a candlelight vigil in Atlanta next Thursday. Back home in Thomson, his funeral will be held this upcoming Saturday.

Instead of sending flowers, his family is asking donations to be sent to Alex's local Eagle Scout Troop 125 at the First Methodist Church.


Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

ATLANTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Investigators in Atlanta are looking for a suspect who they say murdered a man from McDuffie County.

According to the Atlanta Police, investigators responded on Monday to an apartment at 1205 Metropolitan Avenue on a person shot and killed. When they arrived, they saw that 30-year-old Jonathan Alex Newton was shot multiple times and left for dead.

Witnesses told investigators that Newton came home and found his front door kicked in. When he entered the apartment, he saw the intruder and got into a fight with him. During the fight, the suspect shot Newton and then fled the scene.

According to investigators, officers in Atlanta's 'Zone 6' met with the apartment building's management just prior to the murder to make some security recommendations. Beat offers were assigned to patrol the floors twice per shift.

Investigators said that prior to the incident, there were at least 5 burglaries in the building between September 19 and October 25.

Newton grew up in Thomson and graduated from Augusta Christian School. He moved to Atlanta to work for a construction company.

His family is trying to raise money in a GoFundMe for him to add to the Crimestoppers reward.



Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A local man was allegedly murdered in his apartment in Atlanta on Monday.

According to the Dekalb County Medical Examiner's Officers, the victim has been identified as Alex Newton.

According to family, he walked into his apartment for lunch to learn it had been burglarized and the home invader was there. The perpetrator then allegedly shot him to death before running.

Newton is from Thomson but was living in Atlanta. His family is trying to raise money in a GoFundMe for him to add to the Crimestoppers reward.