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7 arrested in Georgia Lottery winner's murder

Mar 29, 2016, 9:05 am

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FITZGERALD, GA — Seven people were charged Monday in the shooting death of a lottery winner more than two months ago.

The arrests were all made after a lengthy investigation into Craigory Burch Jr.'s death.

The former forklift driver hit the $434,272 instant prize from the Georgia Lottery when he matched all five numbers from the Nov. 29, 2015 Fantasy 5 drawing.

Six of the seven are in custody in the Ben Hill County Jail. One remaining suspect is in custody in Colquitt County.

Two of the suspects are women, Rosalyn Swain, 22, of Fitzgerald, and Keyona Dyous, 24, of Moultrie.

The others are Earnest Holcomb, 27, of Fitzgerald, 17-year-old Wayan Jordan, of Fitzgerald who will be charged as an adult, Dabrentis Overstreet, 19, of Tifton, Nathaniel Baker, 28, of Moultrie, and Anjavell Johnson, 21, of Tifton.

All are charged with malice murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of firearm during the commission of the crime.

Authorities believe three masked people stormed in the home on Stubbs Avenue in the late hours of Jan. 20, intent on Burch's recent lottery winnings.

(See Georgia Lottery winner killed during home invasion, Lottery Post, Jan. 21, 2016.)

Burch was shot several times and died at the scene.

The District Attorney's office has not released how the some of the suspects fit in this crime, and who acted in what capacity. The investigation is ongoing.

The arrests come after weeks of investigating since the crime, and receiving national media attention.

Investigators said Burch's girlfriend, Jasmine Hendricks, was in the home at the time and ran for help. A shotgun blast blew open the door and three masked, armed men ran in, she said.

"When they came in, he said, 'Don't do it, bro. Don't do it in front of my kids,'" Hendricks recalled. "'Please don't do it in front of my kids and old lady. Please don't do that, bro. Please don't.' He said, 'I'll give you my bank card.'"

Hendricks said Burch then threw his pants to the robbers, who looked for but couldn't find his wallet.

The intruders then shot and killed Burch before running away.

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Thanks to hearsetrax and konane for the tip.

WALB, Lottery Post Staff

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Tommy529's avatar - Lottery-006.jpg
Vinton va
United States
Member #158486
August 24, 2014
974 Posts

Sad hope they get the death penalty that's why winners shouldn't be announced by there real names oh and leave then alone let them enjoy there money crazy world we live in money evil but have to have it to live other wise just paper with a number people kill over I think people with money are always hunted by the whales of this world classified killer whales and the ones with the money are the dolphins sad sad

    wendy67's avatar - disney32
    United States
    Member #35171
    March 13, 2006
    726 Posts

    This is such a sad story to me. Im thankful they caught the killers and I hope justice is served. Most are so young. I didnt know the victim but I know his family. His father and family are long time friends of mine and I hope these arrests help them some. At least now someone is being held accountable.

      MzDuffleBaglady's avatar - Bitmoji 20with%20dreads%20lol.jpg
      Statistical player!
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      Member #81312
      October 16, 2009
      31324 Posts

      Stay healthy, be safe, take care of yourself and others!  "Mask On" !Type

        HoLeeKau's avatar - 40827 jpg?1576607320
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        Member #94279
        July 17, 2010
        2326 Posts

        Stupid stupid criminals.  He won less than half a million.  What is that, 300K after taxes?  And they thought it would be worth murdering a guy to split whatever he hadn't spent among SIX of them?  WTH! 

        Wonder if this was more out of jealousy and spite than for the money?

          Drenick1's avatar - villiarna
          United States
          Member #152794
          February 25, 2014
          1103 Posts

          His children have an angel looking down on them. It's just despicable that they shot him after he offered to give them his bank card. I have absolutely no empathy for these savages and hope they face the full brunt of the law. My deepest sympathy to his family and may he rest in peace.

            TheMeatman2005's avatar - lightening
            Brooklyn, NY
            United States
            Member #169719
            October 29, 2015
            1494 Posts

            I bet their parents are saying they were all good kids.

            Did they think they wouldn't get caught?

            The Meatman 🥩🍗🍔🍖🍤🌭

            “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.” Will Rogers

            Winning happens in a flash, Like A Bolt Of Lightning!  Patriot

              lejardin's avatar - Lottery-014.jpg

              United States
              Member #118605
              November 4, 2011
              1429 Posts

              If the shotgun blast through the door didnt traumatize the children, seeing the man murdered right before their eyes after he begged them, will be forever etched in their minds, so tragic.  Inhumane animals are lower than whale s#%^.   

                hearsetrax's avatar - alien on_computer.jpg

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                May 21, 2007
                3290 Posts

                alive today,cause its illegal to hunt them for sport

                Thinking of...

                  dr65's avatar - black panther.jpg
                  United States
                  Member #74094
                  May 2, 2009
                  24135 Posts

                  Slum. Look at their photo's. Who says you can't judge a book by its cover? I hope they

                  shed some real tears every night even if its for themselves. These people need to hurt.

                  Their arrogance that is clearly displayed in the photos needs to be stripped from them,

                  if the court can't do it, I hope someone is waiting for them who can. Rot in hell.

                  The victim looked as if he might've had a past but he had kids who will harden just like 

                  these murderers if someone is not very careful, patient, loving and protective of them.

                  Prayers for the children, that's it.

                  369 1009 1109 1099 110/011/101 

                    Get paid's avatar - Lottery-062.jpg
                    United States
                    Member #152319
                    February 11, 2014
                    175 Posts

                    Good job,now life in prison for the robbers.

                      New Member
                      United States
                      Member #172004
                      January 14, 2016
                      1 Posts

                      The Georgia legislature has refused to approve a bill (SB179) sponsored by McKoon of the 21st and Henson of the 41st districts respectively.  Several states allow lottery winners to receive their lottery winnings in anonymity. Not publishing the name of the winners would not adversely affect the sale of lottery tickets.  This is the specious argument put forth by the Georgia lottery.  I would not want to open my family to the unwanted attention that comes with winning a large amount of money.  Some people want others to know that they now have access to thousands or millions of dollars and others do not.  I am in the latter category.  SB 179 or a version of it has been put forth several times but the legislature has refused to give it an up vote.  Twenty-five percent of my winnings is a small price to pay for anonymity.  Death on the other hand is a bigger price to pay.  Life beats death every time. It is time for the people of Georgia to demand that they have a choice of publicity or anonymity if and when they win the BIG MONEY$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

                      It is a shame that this young man lost his life in this way.  More people in the minority community play the lottery and have fewer options when it comes to "good"

                      advise when it comes to money matters.  A windfall from the lottery is instant wealth and no knowledge as to how to manage it.  A "fool"and his/her money will soon part (See story of women in North Carolina with a stupid boy friend) but Mr. Burch was no fool.  He was the victim of a horrible crime. I do not know what his conduct was after he won the lottery but give us  the option of being a "fool" by talking about our new found wealth or being a wise man/woman by claiming our winnings in anonymity. Do not let Georgians read about another horrible death and winning the lottery. (See story on Abraham Shakespeare)

                        Uneek1's avatar - binary

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                        Member #170490
                        December 3, 2015
                        1023 Posts

                        alive today,cause its illegal to hunt them for sport

                        Thinking of...

                        Why would you want to hunt a human for sport?... God bless your soul!! Otoh: Such a sad story. May his soul rest in peace!

                          LiveInGreenBay's avatar - driver
                          Green Bay
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                          Member #169386
                          October 15, 2015
                          2541 Posts

                          Will the BlackLivesMatter folks protest this killing?  Yea that's what I thought.  Put me on that jury! Mad

                          Never give up.  Banana

                            sully16's avatar - sharan
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                            October 28, 2009
                            76942 Posts

                            Throw away the key.

                            Winter is coming !   Ned Stark.