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02/17/04

Suspect Arrested in Church's Murder

Derek Horne Derek Horne
Charles Hill Charles Hill

Savannah-Chatham police detectives worked through the night to successfully arrest a suspect in connection with the murder of the manager of a Church's Fried Chicken. The manager was shot during a robbery attempt on February 7.

"Two masked men forced him back in and attempted to rob him," said Kevin Whitfield, the owner of the Church's on Savannah's West Bay Street in an interview at the time. "It eventually ended with Sean Abraham being killed."

A week ago, Whitfield and other friends and employees were seeking answers, and police say they have found them. After a round-the-clock investigation detectives arrested 19-year-old Derek Horne, pictured here.

"He is now in custody, he's charged with murder, he's charged with possession of cocaine and he's charged with theft by receiving," police spokesman Bucky Burnsed said. Police say early indications are that CrimeStoppers did not play a role in the arrest therefore there is no reward right now.

Police are also looking for another man they are calling "a person of interest," 17-year-old Charles Hill, also pictured here. "They would like to speak with him about information he may have concerning the incident that led to the death of Sean Abraham," said Burnsed.

If you have any information about Charles Hill, call CrimeStoppers at 234-2020.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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