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Posted on: August 15, 2019

Update on Homicide Investigation from August 3rd, 2019

The Peachtree City Police Department announces charges relating to the death of Michael Tolbert Jr., who was found deceased behind the Wisdom Point shopping center on August 3rd, 2019.

Detectives investigating the death have determined that Tolbert died as a result of a gunshot wound that he received at the Woodsmill Apartment Complex in the early morning hours of August 2nd, 2019. Thomas J. Blandburg Jr., 26, of Jonesboro was previously arrested for Reckless Conduct in relation to discharging a firearm at that location. Blandburg has now additionally been charged with Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Felony, in relation to the incident.

Blandburg was also previously charged with Aggravated Assault in relation to a shooting incident in the Wynnmeade neighborhood on the same date as the murder. Another victim of that same incident has been discovered, and an additional Aggravated Assault charge has been issued in regards to that incident accordingly.

An extensive investigation into the murder revealed reason to believe several other people were present for the shooting, and aided or abetted in the crime. Detectives have issued the following charges accordingly:

Donnell Huggins, 20, of Wynnmeade Parkway, Peachtree City, Georgia is charged with Murder (Party to the Crime), Aggravated Assault (Party to the Crime), and False Statements, Concealment of Facts in Matters Within Jurisdiction of State.

Jose Redden, 24, of Wynnmeade Parkway, Peachtree City, Georgia is charged with Murder (Party to the Crime), Aggravated Assault (Party to the Crime), and False Statements, Concealment of Facts in Matters Within Jurisdiction of State.

Keila Brooks, 43, of Wynnmeade Parkway, Peachtree City, Georgia is charged with Murder (Party to the Crime), Aggravated Assault (Party to the Crime).

Huggins and Redden are currently incarcerated at the Fayette County Jail. Warrants have been issued for Brooks, and her arrest is pending her release from receiving medical treatment.

During the investigation, detectives questioned numerous potential witnesses and were provided with false information. The following individuals, who were not directly involved with the shooting, were arrested and charged for interfering with the investigation:

Barbara Johnson, 57, of West Manor, Peachtree City, GA was arrested on August 13th, 2019 and charged with False Statements, Concealment of Facts in Matters Within Jurisdiction of State.

Cassandra Garcia, 28, of Jonesboro, GA was arrested on August 13th, 2019 and charged with False Statements, Concealment of Facts in Matters Within Jurisdiction of State

Wanda Barber, 58, of Wynnmeade Pkwy, Peachtree City, GA was arrested on August 11th, 2019 and charged with False Statements, Concealment of Facts in Matters Within Jurisdiction of State

Media requests should be directed to Lt. Matt Myers, Criminal Investigations Commander at mmyers@peachtree-city.org

Press interviews will be accommodated between 1pm and 4pm on 8/15/19 and between 8:30am and 10:30am on 8/16/19.

Lt. Mark Brown

Peachtree City Police Department

350 Hwy 74  South

Peachtree City, GA  30269

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