Arrest Made in Connection with Tuesday Murder Investigation

Centre Police Chief Kirk Blankenship has informed WEIS Radio News that a Centre resident has been arrested in reference to the homicide investigation taking place Tuesday at Midway Towing at Powell Drive and Cedar Bluff Road.  Centre Police Investigator Leigha Blake arrested Vester Lee Randolph, age 51 in connection with the death of 66 year old Curtis Junior Bright.

Randolph is being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center charged with Murder, the Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Chief Blankenship stated that he would like to extend his gratitude to investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, and Investigator Jamie Chatman with the Leesburg PD – in addition to the JSU Center for Applied Forensics for their assistance in this case, adding that this was a cooperative effort by multiple agencies.  Chief Blankenship also commended Investigator Blake for her outstanding work in quickly making the arrest.  He says there is still work to be done on the case.

We’ll have additional information as it’s made available.  At this time no motive has been given.

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