Savannah police mum on suspect murder details

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Michael Paul Hunter

SAVANNAH -- A man was arrested Thursday on a felony murder charge, according to the Chatham County jail log, but Savannah-Chatham police refused to identify in which murder he's a suspect and provided few details about his arrest.

Sometime Thursday, 24-year-old Michael Paul Hunter was booked into the Chatham County jail on a financial transaction card fraud charge, according to the jail log. Later in the day, the log showed a felony murder charge was added.

The case report number listed in Hunter's roster was given on Monday, the log showed.

But metro police spokeswoman Gena Moore said her department would not release any information about Hunter's involvement in recent area killings, including the Monday homicide of 54-year-old Christy Pingel, who was found lifeless in her Windsor Forest home.

Moore confirmed that if the case report number was released to police Monday, as Hunter's indicates, then that's when the crime occurred.

"If that's what the CRN (case report number) says," Moore said.

As for confirming whether Hunter was a suspect in Pingel's murder, Moore refused to comment. She also declined to say where the arrest occurred and what the fraud charge was related to. She said she did not know what time Hunter was arrested Thursday.

Moore said investigators have planned a morning press conference to release more details on the four most recent homicides reported to metro police. She was unable to provide a time for the press conference.

RASH OF HOMICIDES

About 5:30 p.m. Monday, Pingel's mother arrived at her daughter's Sunnybrook Road home and discovered her lifeless and wrapped in bed sheets. Droves of metro police cars responded to the residence, followed by violent crimes detectives, police officials have said.

An autopsy performed by GBI on Tuesday morning determined Pingel's death was not accidental.

It was the third homicide reported in the Windsor Forest area in about a month.

On July 7, the body of 20-year-old Zachias Earle was found near the intersection of Deerfield Road and Golf Club Drive with multiple gunshot wounds. Police have released no further details in that case.

And Tuesday, metro police announced 21-year-old Ronnie Lee "Lott" Wilson was a suspect in the July 29 fatal shooting of 23-year-old Reginald "Reggie" Williams after a botched drug deal near the intersection of Stillwood Drive and Oxford Court.

Metro investigators said Williams was shot and stumbled onto a lawn where he collapsed beside several ecstasy pills. Investigators also said they believe Williams and Wilson knew each other, Miller said.

Wilson already was on probation from a three-year prison term for the July 2005 fatal shooting of Hosea P. Ramirez, who was killed during a robbery on the back porch of his Strathmore Estates home. Wilson pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with intent to murder in 2006.

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