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Authorities say homicide cases still open
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A pair of unsolved homicides -- one now 10 months old -- haven’t gone into the cold case files yet, Pembroke city council members were told Monday.

Pembroke Police Chief Mark Crowe said investigations into the murders of James Young and Devon Morris remain open.

Morris, 69, was allegedly attacked June 8 in his home. He died Aug. 14 and an autopsy showed the beating he sustained helped cause his death, according to authorities.

Police said three people broke into Morris’ home on Main Street and ransacked it while he was asleep. Morris awoke and they reportedly beat him with items in his house, including a hammer and a fan.

Pembroke police are getting help from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and Crowe said he was planning on meeting this week with the agent in charge of the case.

"We hope to get this settled before long and get a couple of people in jail," Crowe said, telling council members new informaiton has surfaced in the case.

Morris, who spent time in area hospitals before being sent to Community Hospice in Vidalia, allegedly named Bulloch County resident Donna Hodges as one of the attackers, and Crowe has said she remains a suspect. But Morris’ poor health kept police from interviewing him and no charges have been filed.

Neither the GBI nor Pembroke police have named a suspect in the death of Young, 66, who was found dead Nov. 10 at his home on Rogers Road. He was found by police responding to a call for a welfare check of his home.

"Mr. Young’s case is not closed," Crowe said. "It is still being actively investigated."


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