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UPDATE | Accused killer's mother speaks out after turning him over to police

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Published: Dec. 20, 2016 at 10:16 PM EST
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News 12 NBC 26 News At 6 O'Clock | Dec. 23, 2016

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m.

THOMSON, Ga, (WRDW/WAGT) -- A mother turns in her own son after he's accused of murdering his wife in front of her four grandchildren. After a manhunt for her son lasted days, one phone call is all it took for Michelle Moss to lead investigators to him.

She says she told officers where to find her son because she wants peace for her family and grandchildren.

"It's not good for any mother or parent to go through something like this," Moss says. "He's still my child."

It's not an easy sight for Michelle Moss to see. The home at 1009 Spruce Drive still surrounded by crime tape days after police say her son Lenny Moss shot and killed his wife of more than a year, Tyisha Davis.

"It hurt me so bad, you know," Moss says. "It definitely hurt me, for me to be a mother, to go through something like this and knowing my son did this."

That pain came to an end Thursday morning when she got a call saying Lenny was spotted in Dearing, Georgia, about 10 minutes away from Thomson. She says her next choice was the toughest she's ever made.

"I think it's only fair and right," Moss says. "I don't want my son to run, I don't want my son to get killed. I want my son to live, but I want him to pay for what he did."

She says the connection between Moss and the home he was found inside on Boyd-Bradshaw Road runs deep - it belonged to Lenny's great-grandmother.

"He was born and raised there," Moss says. "I figured he wanted to go back home to get his mind together to turn himself in."

Moss is now behind bars, but she and her family say they're still holding out hope of a return to normal life for the sake of her four mother and fatherless grandchildren.

"I want the family to come together as one for my grandkids. I don't want any more bloodshed," Moss says. "I want them to know that I'm there for them and I'm going to be there for them. I want to be around my grandchildren, but I couldn't do that until my son was off the streets."

Moss says there are no plans right now for a funeral for Tyisha Davis. She says they won't be able to see Lenny until investigators complete their investigation.

She says her four grandchildren are in the state's custody right now and will be until a judge decides who will take custody of them.


Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

UPDATE: 9:45p.m.

DEARING, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- An accused killer is behind bars after being tracked down by multiple law enforcement agencies.

According to Major Ronnie Williamson, with the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office, Lenny Moss was taken into custody at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Williamson said Columbia County deputies used their robots to find Moss hiding inside a mobile home on Boyd Bradshaw Road. That's off Hobbs Mill Road.

Five law enforcement agencies started their search for Moss around 2 p.m. Thursday.

He is being transported to the McDuffie County Jail.


5:55 p.m.

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- News 12 NBC 26 has learned that investigators are possibly looking for Lenny Moss off of Hobbs Mill Road in Dearing.

Major Ronnie Williamson with the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office tells us that they are working a lead but cannot give us any other information at this time.

Stay tuned for more details.

5:10 p.m.

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Investigators say they are still looking for Lenny Moss, nearly two days after he allegedly shot and killed Tyisha Davis at a home on Spruce Street in Thomson.

There's a warrant out right now for Moss on murder charges, but the GBI says there could be more charges since children were there at the time of the murder.

The GBI believes Moss is still in Thomson. He is believed to be armed and dangerous, so if you do see him do not approach him.

Call the

GBI Tip Line:

1-800-597-8477 or

Thomson Police:

(706) 595-2166 or 911.

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016

6:28 p.m.

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A knee jerk reaction to open the door for your father ending in blood shed in Thomson.

"That's their daddy. Kids are going to open the door for their daddy no matter what," said Shamaria Kendrick.

Deputies say there were no signs of forced entry after Lenny Moss came into 1009 Spruce Dr. and shot his kids' mother Tyisha Davis, killing her in front of her four kids. Three of them were his own.

"Once I seen where the police car was and just hearing her sister and them crying outside... seeing them children," said Shamaria Kendrick.

Tyisha's cousin and neighbor Shamaria Kendrick says Tyisha had just returned home because the housing authority changed the locks on her abuser and now killer, Moss.

"With arguments and fights she used to run next door. I mean I was there. If she needed to call somebody," said Shamaria Kendrick.

A Thomson Police Department spokesman says they have answered calls to Tyisha's home before, but never found Moss there and they didn't this time either.

"Like this really hurts. I mean it's a messed up situation," said Shamaria Kendrick.

Kendrick says she waited for hours praying to see her cousin Tyisha walk out of her door.

"I waited I sat here all night.. all night until everybody left," said Shamaria Kendrick.

Investigators say DFACS placed the kids back with family Tuesday night.

There's a warrant out right now for Moss on murder charges, but the GBI says there could be more charges since children were there.

The GBI believes Moss is still in Thomson.

He is believed to be armed and dangerous, so if you do see him do not approach him.

Call the

GBI Tip Line:

1-800-597-8477 or

Thomson Police:

(706) 595-2166 or 911.


12:28 p.m.

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The cousin and neighbor of Tyisha Davis is speaking out to News 12 NBC 26 about the tumultuous relationship between Davis and her suspected killer, Lenny Moss.

According to the cousin, Davis took her kids and left the Thomson Housing Authority home last month after a really bad string of domestic violence incidents with Moss.

Moss had also been staying in the home, and last Friday the Thomson Housing Authority changed the locks on him. She returned to the home on Saturday with the kids.

Moss is still on the run, and investigators believe he is still in the Thomson area. Investigators say all his ties are in the area, and they have no reason to believe he left the area. If you see anything suspicious in this area, please call GBI or Thomson police immediately.

GBI Tip Line:

1-800-597-8477

Thomson Police:

(706) 595-2166 or 911


10:01 a.m.

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- As the search continues for Lenny Moss, a man considered armed and dangerous, court officials say he had no prior arrests or convictions in McDuffie County.

Moss is wanted for the death of 23-year-old Tyisha Davis at a home on Spruce Street Tuesday night.

According to the GBI, Moss and Davis were acquaintances, but they still aren't sure how well they knew each other.


5:44 a.m.

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- New details are being released from investigators into the relationship between armed and dangerous murder suspect Lenny Moss and the victim, Tyisha Davis.

According to the GBI, Moss and Davis were acquaintances, but they still aren't sure how well they knew each other. Moss may have lived at Davis' home at some point, but again investigators are unsure.

At least 9 people were in the home when the shooting happened, 5 adults and 4 small children. The children are still being interviewed.

Moss is still on the run, and investigators believe he is still in the Thomson area. Investigators say all his ties are in the area, and they have no reason to believe he left the area.


5:18 a.m.

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The search is underway for a man considered armed and dangerous. He's wanted for the death of 23-year-old Tyisha Davis at a home on Spruce Street Tuesday night.

The GBI says 25-year-old Lenny Moss is the person who came into the home and shot and killed Davis around 9 p.m. She died at the scene.

Investigators say the two knew each other but haven't released exactly how.

The GBI says there were several witnesses inside the home when Davis was killed, including some small children none of them were hurt.

Davis's body will be sent to the GBI left for an autopsy to find exact cause of death, meanwhile investigators are continuing to look for Moss so if you see anything suspicious in this area please call GBI or Thomson police immediately.

GBI Tip Line: 1-800-597-8477

Thomson Police: (706) 595-2166 or 911


2:35 a.m.

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- State and local law enforcement in Thomson are looking for a suspected killer after a person is found dead at a home on Spruce Street near Thomson Middle School, according to the GBI.

GBI agent Pat Morgan says Thomson police officers found Tyisha Davis, 23, dead at a home just before 9 p.m. Tuesday. The GBI says Lenny Ozzylee Moss, 25, is the suspect and an arrest warrant for murder has been issued. Moss is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about Moss' whereabouts are asked to call the Thomson Police Department or the GBI.

Davis' body will be taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur for an autopsy at a later time.


Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- McDuffie County deputies, Thomson police, and GBI agents are now investigating a deadly shooting on Spruce Street near Thomson Middle School.

Investigators say one person was shot before 10 p.m. Tuesday. Thomson Police requested help from the GBI for the investigation. We are told Deputy Coroner Paul Johnson is also assisting.

Investigators said one person has been shot, but we are still working to find out information about any possible suspects or what led up to the shooting.

Check back for updates.