Suspect arrested in connection to death of mother, daughter in Vidalia

Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 4:45 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2022 at 3:26 PM EST
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VIDALIA, Ga. (WTOC) - UPDATE: The GBI confirms an arrest has been made in connection to the deaths of a woman and her daughter in Vidalia.

Joshua Magual Sanders, 27, of Birmingham, AL, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Flagstaff, Arizona on Wednesday on charges relating to the shooting deaths of Latorey Harden and Pamela Harden.

Sanders was arrested on outstanding warrants for two counts Aggravated Assault, two counts of Felony Murder, two counts of Possession of a Firearm During Certain Crimes and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Sanders will be extradited to Georgia.

Pamela Harden’s 2021 Nissan Rogue was taken from the scene of the shooting and recovered in Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday, January 9, 2022.

Vidalia’s police chief says the arrest of Joshua Magual Sanders in Arizona leaves them with as many questions as answers, beginning with why was the man from Alabama here in the first place.

“Nobody really knows what he was doing here. I believe he had befriended one of the victims on social media. Maybe that’s what brought him here. But nobody here knows him and that was what was so scary in our community,” said Chief James Jermon.

He hopes the arrest gives local people a relief from the worry that Sanders was still here on the loose and a danger to the community.

There’s no timetable yet for when he’ll be brought back to Vidalia to face charges.

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The corner of 5th Street and Winona in Vidalia sits eerily quiet Friday. A stark contrast to the sadness Thursday.

Torey Harden was shot to death on her own front porch. A day later, some neighbors remain in shock. David Garcia was at work when a friend told him what had just happened.

“I called my parents and asked if they were okay. They said “yeah, we just heard gunshots,” Garcia said.

The gunshots wounded Harden and her mother Pam. Neighbors who knew the daughter still can’t believe it.

“It was scary. My sister was calling me to see if it was me over there. A lot of people were worried because I was,” neighbor Ashonte Williams said.

Williams says she briefly lived with Torey and saw nothing that could have predicted this, especially at her quiet apartment.

“I’m nervous because it could happen to anybody! It could have been anybody standing over there instead of her, somebody else at her house.”

Both neighbors say the shooting jars them from a comfort they’ve had here.

The GBI says the shooter has not been positively identified, but was seen leaving the scene in a blue 2021 Nissan Rogue with a busted window, Georgia license plate RRX1184. Vidalia Police officers say the victims knew the suspected shooter.

Anyone with information should contact GBI Eastman office at 478.374.6988 or Vidalia Police Department at 912.537.4123. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1.800.597.TIPS(8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

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