Home invaders murdered lottery-winner Craigory Burch Jr. have been arrested in Georgia. Three men blasted their way into the twenty-year-old Burch’s home in Fitzgerald, Georgia, in January. After demanding his wallet, they then riddled his body with gunshots before fleeing. Burch’s girlfriend could only recall three suspects who came into the home during the attack. However, authorities have arrested seven individuals they say are connected to the slaying. They now face charges of malice murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and firearm possession charges.
The trio of assailants accused are Earnest Holcomb (27), Wayan Jordan (17), and Rosalyn Swain (22). All three were residents of Fitzgerald. Also detained are Keyona Dyous (24), and Nathaniel Baker (28), of Moultrie GA, as well as Dabrentis Overstreet (19), and Anjavell Johnson (21), of Tifton GA were also arrested. Jordan is charged as an adult.
The shooter responsible for the murder has not yet been identified. The attack came two months after Burch won $434,272 from hitting the Fantasy 5 jackpot in November 2015.
McLemore says he expects there to be more arrests in connection with the attack, which investigators believe was targeted, and not random.
Jasmine Hendricks, Burch’s girlfriend, said of the shooting, "When they came in, he said, 'don't do it bro. Don't do it in front of my kids. Please don't do it in front of my kids and old lady.'" Hendricks ran for help after the shooting. One of their children was but three weeks old.
The attack came two months after Burch won $434,272 from hitting the Fantasy 5 jackpot. The local sheriff said that he expects more arrests in connection with the murder and home invasion.
A forklift driver when he won the lottery, friends say that he used some of his winnings to purchase Christmas gifts for the needy. After his death, Burch's mother Leslie Collins delivered a message to those who murdered her son. "'I want them to know what they took from me, she said. 'They took a part of my life away from me. My child that I carried and raised for 20 years."
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