GBI Questioning Suspect After Florida Priest’s Body Was Found In Burke County

Phopto of Steven James Murray being lead into the GBI office in Thomson, Georgia for questioning Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
Phopto of Steven James Murray being lead into the GBI office in Thomson, Georgia for questioning Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Thomson, GA (WJBF) – Steven James Murray, 28, was brought in to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) office in Thomson, Georgia a few hours ago.

He has been there for about three hours and it could be several more hours before we know anything else.

Murray, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and shackled, was lead slowly into the building by deputies. He had the same joking demeanor that he showed when he was first arrested Thursday in Aiken County.

It’s answers to questions here that may determine if he faces some serious charges.

We have also learned that Aiken County Sheriff’s Office investigators are adding two more charges on Murray: Accepting Stolen Goods and Possession of a Firearm by a Violent Convicted Felon.

There is also a new charge from St. Johns County in Florida of Kidnapping.

St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe Murray took Father Rene Robert, who had been counseling him, in the priest’s Toyota on Sunday, April 10th.

Murray was arrested in Father Robert’s car early on the morning of April 14th in Aiken County.

Monday night, St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar says, Murray lead investigators to what they believe is Father Robert’s body in Burke County, in Georgia.

The GBI says there will be a press conference to update this case either late Tuesday night or Wednesday.

We’ll be at that press conference and when we know some new information, we’ll pass it along to you.

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