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Arrest made in Milner murder

Authorities have made at least one arrest in connection with the weekend murder of William Charles (Bubba) Milner of Lamar County. Here is the report from the Jackson Progress-Argus. By Stewart Voegtlin Augusta resident Philip Foster, 34, was arrested by Butts County Sheriff’s Office Investigators early Wednesday afternoon at an apartment in Monroe County. Foster is charged with the muder of Lamar County resident William Charles “Bubba” Milner, 45, who was beaten to death early Saturday morning while working alone at Eagle Truck Wash on Bucksnort Road. Foster was released from prison five weeks ago after serving time on a burglary charge. Milner was attacked some time between 4:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. and the fight carried on into the back room, said Butts County Sheriff Gene Pope. The intruder pulled a piece of wood from a crate and struck Milner in the chest. When Milner was bent over, the intruder hit him again in the back of the head. Pope said the blow must have killed Milner. The cash register was emptied and the alleged murder weapon left behind at the scene. Eagle Truck Wash employees found Milner’s body and notified police. Milner’s mother, Loretha Milner, said she was told her son was beaten to death with a 2×4 and was found face down on the floor. “He was killed for $100,” said Milner. “That’s all he had in the register.” Sheriff Pope said Flying J Truckstop video provided a distant shot of what they believed to be Milner’s assailant’s vehicle. With cooperation from Flying J’s corporate office, the video was enhanced and investigators were able to make out the license plate number. ”The tag number led us to Augusta,” said Major Michael Overbey. “We spoke with his parole officer and he told us Foster was in our area. Further information led us to the apartment in Monroe. This arrest is the result of good police work. I believe we have the best investigators in the state.” Overbey said Foster claimed there was another man with him when the murder was committed, but there was no evidence to support Foster’s claim. Both Overbey and Pope said the investigation was still ongoing and another arrest was expected. Foster is charged with murder, felony murder, kidnapping, bodily injury, false imprisonment, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and burglary. He is being held in the Butts County Jail. Additional arrests, including that of at least one Lamar County man, are possible as the investigation expands.

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