Sheriff: Suspect In Florida Priest Slaying Moved To New Jail


JONESBORO, Ga. — Authorities say an inmate accused of killing a 71-year-old Florida priest has been moved to a third jail after trying to kill himself with a bedsheet in one county jail and then trying to flood his cell in another lockup.

According to news outlets, Burke County Sheriff Greg Coursey says he reached out to the Georgia Sheriff’s Association to find another place to hold 28-year-old Steven James Murray and Clayton County, outside Atlanta, agreed.

In April, a weeklong search for the Rev. Rene Wayne Robert of St. Augustine, Florida, ended in east Georgia when the priest’s body was found in the woods.

Authorities believe Murray kidnapped the priest, took him to Georgia in his own car and killed him there on April 18.

A Georgia prosecutor has told court officials she intends to seek the death penalty.

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