Judge was not target of break-in


After a second arrest from Friday's break-in of Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet's home, authorities still doubt the suspects knew or were targeting a judge, according to Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength.


"We are now very confident they had no idea that was Judge Overstreet," Strength said.

William Omar Jacobs, 22, surrendered to police Saturday morning after a team of investigators questioned Jacobs' friends, family and associates on his whereabouts.

"We were picking up his associates, identifying who he ran with, picking up his girlfriend and, of course, through the leads we had developed, hitting all the places," Strength said. "There was just too much pressure on him out there."

Jacobs was booked into the Richmond County jail and charged with one count of burglary. Deputies recovered Overstreet's stolen laptop computer in a garbage can on Starnes Street.

Jacobs fled Overstreet's home early Friday morning after the judge shot and killed John E. Howard Jr., 20, during the burglary.

Overstreet awoke to voices in his home, grabbed his gun and saw Howard coming down his staircase with a bandana on his face and socks on his hands, Strength said. Overstreet shot Howard once in the chest.