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Incident report: New details in killing of homeless man in Macon

They say the man was sleeping when he was killed in a Macon alley. The sheriff’s office is still looking for the suspect in his murder.

MACON, Ga. — Editor’s note: The video attached to this article is from previous reporting.

The accident report into the death of Albert Knight – a homeless man found beaten to death in a Macon alley – reveals new details about the discovery of Knight’s body.

Knight’s body was found on First Street Lane near the rear of the Blacksmith Shop venue on Sunday, May 26.

According to the accident report, Knight was sleeping when he was killed. The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office said he was struck multiple times with a large, heavy object.

Paramedics from Atrium Health Navicent told officers they touched Knight’s body and found it to be “cold and stiff.” They told officers they did not touch anything else at the accident scene.

When police arrived at the scene on Sunday morning, Knight’s face and body were half covered with a blanket. An orange-gray backpack lay next to him.

The accident report indicates that his body had been at the scene for some time before he was discovered. We have reached out to the Sheriff’s Office and the Medical Examiner’s Office for more information on the time of Knight’s death, but are still awaiting a response.

The sheriff’s office is still searching for the suspect and is asking the public for help in the search.

PRESS RELEASE UPDATE: Public’s Help Requested in Locating Homicide Suspect The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect in connection with the investigation into the death of 59-year-old Albert Kenneth Knight. The incident occurred on May 26, 2024 in an alley near the intersection of Poplar and Second Streets. The suspect is described as a white male with glasses, wearing a baseball cap, a green t-shirt with the words “Hilton Head Island Bike Shop” in white letters, jeans, and black shoes. A video of the suspect is attached to this press release. Anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts or identity is asked to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME. UPDATE May 28, 2024: Poplar Street Death Investigation The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death that occurred in an alley on First Street Lane. The 911 call was received at 11:47 a.m. Sunday at the Macon-Bibb County E-911 Center. It was reported that the victim, later identified as 59-year-old Albert Kenneth Knight, was found dead in the alley. Investigators determined Knight died from a severe head injury. After further investigation, it was determined that Knight had received multiple blows to the head leading up to his death. Investigators continue to work this incident and are committed to utilizing all resources law enforcement can provide to solve this case. This incident is being investigated as a homicide. According to Coroner Leon Jones, next of kin have been notified. The deceased will be transported to the GBI Crime Lab so an autopsy can be performed. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME. May 26, 2024 Poplar Street Death Investigated The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death that occurred in an alley near the intersection of Poplar and Second Streets. The call came into the Macon-Bibb County E-911 Center at 11:47 a.m. Sunday. It was reported that a 59-year-old white male was found dead in the alley. Investigators determined the man died of a severe head injury. This investigation is in the early stages. More information will be released as it becomes available. The name of the deceased will not be released until next of kin have been notified. The deceased will be transported to the GBI crime lab so an autopsy can be performed. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

Posted by Bibb County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, June 1, 2024

A video released by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office also shows the suspect in the case holding a large object near the side door of the blacksmith shop. The object is blurred, but the suspect can be seen wearing orange gloves.

The sheriff’s office said the suspect was a white man with glasses wearing a baseball cap, a green shirt that may say “Hilton Head Island Bike Shop” in white letters, jeans and black shoes.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office told 13WMAZ that many tips had been received and followed up.

Sheriff David Davis said they have spoken to local bus lines and businesses and asked them to be on the lookout for the suspect.

We asked Davis if he believed the suspect was local or from out of state, and he said all possibilities are on the table at this time.

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