Alma police make 2 arrests in 2009 murder of teen

By Steve Patrick, Managing editor of digital content, spatrick@news4jax.com
Published On: Jun 09 2014 12:53:08 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 09 2014 01:04:46 PM EDT

Bacon County Sheriff's Office booking photos of Tyberious Murchinson and Deion Smith

ALMA, Ga. -

Nearly five years after a 15-year-old girl was killed in her South Georgia home, Alma police have charged two men with her murder.

Jasmine Moore was killed on August 9, 2009.  On Saturday, police received new information in the case and worked with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to obtain arrest warrants for Tyberious Murchinson and Deion Smith. 

Both men are 22, but were 17 at the time of the crime and attended Bacon County High School with Moore.  They were arrested Sunday and booked into the Bacon County Jail.

Authorities at the time said whoever had killed the girl had also tried to burn the home to hide the evidence. 

Alma police, who said they had investigated dozens of witnesses, collected numerous pieced of evidence and spent many sleepless nights, released this statement:

"We believe that this is the beginning of closure for the family of Jasmine Moore and for the numerous law enforcement personnel who have worked unselfishly on this case."

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