Few clues in slaying

29-year-old shot multiple times Sunday morning

MOULTRIE — Invesitgators are still trying to put together details of a fatal shooting that occured Sunday morning in Southwest Moultrie.

A Moultrie man was shot multiple times and died at the scene, authorities said.

Moultrie Police Investigations Commander Alfonzo Cook said officers responded to a house on Fourth Street Southwest at 5:56 a.m. Sunday about multiple shots being fired. When officers arrived, they found Willie Bender Jr., 29, of 504 Fourth St. S.W., lying on the ground outside with multiple gunshot wounds. The shooting took place across the street from a daycare center and a few blocks from the Colquitt County Arts Center.

Bender’s live-in girlfriend was the one who reported hearing the gunshots, but officers did not immediately have any suspects or motive for the shooting and she was not injured. A person of interest in the case was apprehended in Albany on a Moultrie robbery charge. He was questioned about the shooting, but he was not listed as a suspect, police said.

A Moultrie police K-9 dog was brought the scene, and Cook said the dog did pick up a scent that took officers to the Fourth Street Southwest and Fourth Avenue Southwest intersection. Officers and investigators collected evidence as the dog led them to that spot.

Cook said investigators were following leads to determine a motive and any suspects in the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Moultrie Police Department at 985-3131 or at 890-5451.

Family members were at the scene of the shooting Monday afternoon, but they declined to comment. They stated they were a family grieving Bender’s loss.

Bender is the third person shot and killed in Colquitt County in 2010 after five people were murdered here in 2009. There have been six people murdered in Colquitt County since October, including:

• Manuel Rodriquez, 36, believed to be of Smith Road, was found stabbed multiple times by a Moultrie Observer newspaper carrier on Smith Road Nov. 21. No arrests have been made in the case.

• Millard Brett DeMott, 56, of 4895 Highway 133 N., was shot and killed Dec. 18. Ronald Elbert Bryant, 49, of Highway 33 N., was charged with murder, felony murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the case.

• Juan David Giron Lopez, 18, of 1011 Joe Louis Ave., was shot and killed during an attempted armed robbery in his back yard Jan. 25. Demetrius Key, 18, of 117 Clay St., Tamocious Collins, 18, of 207 Hillcrest Ave., and Maurice Welch, 16, of 313 Third St. S.W., were each charged with murder.

• Leticia Duran Carbajal, 38, of Tifton, was shot and killed during a murder-suicide at Universal Forest Products on Industrial Drive Feb. 1. Cesar Augusta Ardiano Larios, 29, of Norman Park, shot Carbajal then died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, apparently because she refused to date him, authorities said.

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