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Deadly shooting in small South Georgia town

On Tuesday, August 1, in the small South Georgia town of Alapaha, with a population of about 700 people, in Berrien County, the local sheriff received a report that a person had been shot near Hwy 158.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the body of Patricia Michelle Deboyd, 26, who died of apparent gunshot wounds. The GBI was called in to assist with the investigation.

Berrien County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a near the location, Roger Lee Tabor Jr, 30. Tabor was arrested and transported to the Berrien County Jail. The victim’s body was transported to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

On Wednesday, August 2, Roger Lee Tabor, Jr. was formally charged for the death of Patricia Michelle DeBoyd.

Tabor is being held in the Berrien County Jail on the following charges:

·One count of Malice Murder
·Possession of Firearm by convicted Felon
·Possession of Firearm during commission of crime
·3 counts of Aggravated Assault
·2 counts of Aggravated Assault Family Violence Act
·1 count of Cruelty to Children in 1st Degree
·2 counts of Cruelty to Children in 3rd degree

Picture credit – Map of Berrien County, GA. The county seat is Nashville.


Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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