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Man, 28, charged with murder of Jesup man, 70
Jesse E Strickland
Jesse Erwin Strickland

A 28-year-old man has been arrested and charged with killing a 70-year-old Jesup man, according to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

Jesse Erwin Strickland, 28, is charged with armed robbery, felony murder and malice murder in the death of Arthur G. Westberry, 70, of Jesup, Wayne County Sheriff John Carter announced in a news release issued Thursday.

Carter said the Jesup-Wayne County Criminal Investigations Task Force and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation made the arrest.

No further details were provided, such as what kind of weapon was used to kill Westberry. A similarly scantly worded news release Wednesday said officers responded to 384 Highway 301 S. While the release did not identify the address, it matches that of Red Carpet Inn in Jesup.

The earlier release said Jesup police officers responded to a call for service in reference to a “possible unattended death” just after 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Anyone with information pertaining to the investigation is asked to call the Jesup-Wayne County Criminal Investigations Task Force at 912-427-5970 or the GBI at 912-729-6198.

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