The body of a woman was found in a mobile home in January when Bulloch County Sheriff’s deputies answered the call of a neighbor who said a door was open. Following an autopsy at the GBI’s Crime Lab in Savannah, investigators determined the woman, later identified as 39 year old Joy Lee Ann Brown, was the victim of a homicide.
Monday Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson announced in a release that three men are in custody charged with shooting her to death. They were identified as 24 year old Randolph Christopher Johnson of Eagle Villa Apartments, 27 year old Willie O’Brian Baldwin of Honeycut Drive and 22 year old Earl Mathis Conyers of College Vue Apartments. All three have been charged with murder, first- degree burglary, armed robbery, aggravated assault, theft by taking-firearm, possession of firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Anderson said tips from the public, the execution of search warrants on apartments near the campus of Georgia Southern University and many interviews by his office and the new joint Statesboro-Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team lead to the three.
Anderson thanked those officers as well as lead Investigator Walter Deal and assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force.
Brown was a native of Washington, D.C. but had been in Statesboro for 14 years. She had a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Howard University and had been working as a home health nurse.