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Police work, CrimeStoppers tips lead to arrests in homicide cases

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Brandon Mackey (Source: SCMPD) Brandon Mackey (Source: SCMPD)
Darrell Hendrix (Source: SCMPD) Darrell Hendrix (Source: SCMPD)

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police say that the arrests of two suspects in two Savannah homicides were the result of a CrimeStoppers tip and detective work. 

Brandon Mackey, 26, was taken into custody Thursday in Watauga, TX, by SCMPD detectives and Fort Worth police. He is charged with the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Isle of Hope firefighter Wesley Franklin. 

Police said he was shot at 2 a.m. June 2, 2012, by a gunman who fired at the wall of Deb's Pub and Grub. Franklin was inside and standing at the bar when the shot was fired and didn't not there was a robbery going on outside. 

SCMPD said relentless police work involved researching several tips, eliminating suspects and zeroing in the actual facts in the case. Then the CrimeStoppers tip help detectives pull together the facts they already had in the case. The tipster information helped point the investigation to Mackey, according to police.

Franklin's family, friends and businesses had contributed $10,220 more, which brought the $2,500 CrimeStoppers reward fund to $12,720.

Another suspect in a Savannah homicide was also arrested last week.

Darrell Hendrix, 19, was charged with the April 25 fatal shooting of 38-year-old Rodrick Richardson. Police said Richardson was driving to his job at Durst Baking Co. about midnight. Police said Hendrix approached Richardson at an intersection and eventually shot him.

"The cases are similar because in each, the victim was doing nothing to lead to his death," Lovett said. "Any of us could have been a victim in either of these cases."

CrimeStoppers is independent of any law enforcement agency. Some 80 percent of the reward money is never collected by tipsters.

O.C. Welch had also announced independently of CrimeStoppers and SCMPD that he had more funding to boost the reward money in the Franklin investigation.

SCMPD detectives continue to investigate both cases.

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