A second man has been charged with murder in connection to the Aug. 31 fatal shooting incident at the Quality Inn on North Expressway.
According to information from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Troy Stanley Edgar, 48, of 828 E. McIntosh Road, Griffin, was charged with murder and armed robbery on Sept. 12. Edgar had previously been charged with hindering the apprehension of a fugitive and tampering with evidence.
“Additional evidence led to the charge of murder and armed robbery,” SCSO Maj. Dwayne Jones said Monday in an email to The Griffin Daily News.
Joshua Ray Fuller, 28, of 6654 Lamar Hutcheson Parkway, Riverdale, had been charged with murder, felony murder, malice murder, three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection to the shooting.
The shooting took the life of Anthony Reid, 52, of Griffin.
Kristen Elaine Fuller, 26, whose address was listed as 2014 North Expressway, Room 231, Griffin, was charged with hindering the apprehension of a fugitive and tampering with evidence.
At about 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 31, Spalding County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of a person shot at the Quality Inn at 2014 N. Expressway, Griffin, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release. When deputies arrived they located a man identified as Reid, who had sustained two gunshot wounds, lying on the floor of Room 204.
Spalding Regional EMS responded to the scene and immediately transported Reid to Wellstar Spalding Regional Hospital, the press release said. The crime scene was secured until criminal and crime scene investigators arrived and began tracking leads and identifying potential witnesses.
Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix said “shortly after EMS departed with Mr. Reid, my investigators were notified that he had succumbed to his wounds. Spalding County Deputy Coroner Michael Pryor responded to the hospital and met with my investigators after pronouncing Mr. Reid.”
Search warrants were obtained for the room where the crime occurred and additional rooms the shooter, identified as Joshua Ray Fuller, was associated with.
Spalding County SWAT conducted the entries to locate the shooter, and while searching SWAT team members recovered the weapon believed to have been used in the crime.
Fuller was found hiding in a nearby room and was taken into custody.
“This investigation covered a large physical area and required multiple interviews with witnesses and others in order to piece together the chain of events that led up to the murder of Anthony Reid,” Dix said. “We found that there were others involved in assisting Fuller after the shooting by attempting to aid him in hiding evidence of the crime. Those people were also arrested and charged.”
Dix said, “From the look of the crime scene and the evidence we gathered, it appears that when he was surprised and attacked by Fuller, Mr. Reid had no other choice, did all he could do, and fought for his life in order to defend himself before being shot.”
“Spalding County Sheriff’s Office investigators met with Mr. Reid’s family (on Sept. 1) at their residence and talked to them about the chain of events, the arrests and the investigation up to this point,” Dix said. “They are a strong family going through a very tough time right now in dealing with this tragedy. Please keep them in your prayers.”