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Columbus police arrest suspect in New Year’s homicide on Farr Road

benw@ledger-enquirer.com

A New Year’s dispute between a man and his son on Farr Road has led to the first homicide of 2019 at Hannah Heights Apartments and a man charged with murder, Columbus authorities said Tuesday.

Alfonzo Walker Sr. , 51, was pronounced dead of a gunshot at 5:39 a.m. in the emergency room at Piedmont Columbus Regional midtown campus, said Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan. His body will be sent to the crime lab in Decatur for an autopsy.

Antonio Alphonzo Evans, 34, was taken into custody and charged with murder in the death of Walker. He is held without bond in the Muscogee County Jail for a 9 a.m. Thursday hearing in Recorder’s Court, Police Lt. Greg Touchberry said in a release.

Police were called at 4:59 a.m. to 909 Farr Road to check on a person shot. At the scene, police found Walker suffering from a gunshot wound.

The front of the apartment was sealed off with yellow tape by police and the Homicide Unit assumed the investigation. Technicians and detectives remained on the scene Tuesday morning searching for clues in the shooting.

Bryan said Walker and his son had been out to the club celebrating the New Year before returning to the apartment. An argument erupted inside the apartment but spilled outside the second floor apartment after the victim’s mother ordered the men outside.

They went to a landing where Walker started to walk away as a shot was fired, the coroner said. A call for emergency medical services came in just before 5 a.m. on a shooting. Walker was pronounced dead in the emergency room three minutes after the ambulance arrived at 5:36 a.m. at the hospital, Bryan said.

The first homicide of 2019 came just five days after police found Jaquan Jermaine “Droopy” Harris with a gunshot wound Dec. 27 at 1919 Dunwoody Drive. He was pronounced dead at 3:15 a.m. in the emergency room at Piedmont Columbus Regional.

In the Farr Road shooting, police are seeking information on the murder of Walker. Anyone with information should call Cpl. Stuart Carter at 706-225-4319 or stuartcarter@columbusga.org.

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