Death penalty sought in Wadley slaying



LOUISVILLE, Ga. -- Middle Circuit District Attorney Hayward Altman said Friday he will seek the death penalty for Anthony Mereal Lemon, charged earlier this year in the kidnapping, assault and slaying of a 29-year-old Sandersville woman.

Lemon faced a preliminary hearing before Superior Court Judge Bobby Reeves when Altman made the statement.

Lemon, 37, of Wadley was arrested in June in the death of Jamillah Mia Holmes. A county worker discovered her body May 12 at a trash dump site on River Road near Wadley.

Lemon was charged with one count of murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of kidnapping, one count of false imprisonment, one count of rape and one count of aggravated sodomy.

After Special Agent Hayle Deloach of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation described the evidence against Lemon and was questioned by Lemon’s attorney, the judge bound the case over to the grand jury and denied Lemon bond.

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