Columbus police have arrested a man accused in the Sunday slaying of a cab driver, reports state.
Sandy Mitchell, 22, of Munson Drive in Columbus was arrested Monday on Fort Benning. He's charged with murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in connection with the early Sunday shooting of cab driver Byron Keith Brown, Sgt. Anthony Locey said.
Brown, 58, was shot in the head in his Yellow Cab at Shelby Street and Munson Drive, near Benning Hills Elementary School. Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower pronounced him dead at 4:32 a.m. Sunday.
Mitchell was visiting a soldier on Kelley Hill when someone recognized him from news reports and contacted military police, said Elsie Jackson, a public information officer with Fort Bennning. MPs arrested Mitchell, who wasn't armed, and handed him over to Columbus police that night.
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Mitchell was interviewed by detectives and transported to the Muscogee County Jail, Locey said in a release. His hearing in Columbus Recorder's Court is scheduled for Thursday.
Investigators said Brown had picked up a passenger at the Motel 6 on Victory Drive about 3:50 a.m., some two hours before the shooting. Detectives said one lead led to another until they were able to identify Mitchell. Muscogee County Superior Court records show Mitchell has no criminal history, except for an arrest less than two weeks ago on a charge of sexual battery. According to authorities, Mitchell was accused on Sept. 16 of touching a 21-year-old woman at the Suburban Extended Stay on Victory Drive. The case was later dismissed for lack of prosecution.