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May 31, 2012

Agent: Neal gives up ‘without any confrontation’

VARNELL — A week to the day and 12 miles away from where authorities say Adolph Ray “Sonny” Neal brutally murdered his wife and her grandfather in Dawnville, Neal was taken into custody just after 1 p.m. in the Cemetery Street area of Varnell.

“Whew, they just got him,” said Greg Ramey, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in confirming the arrest. “In a nutshell, (the Georgia State Patrol) and local police officers were back up in the area this morning doing a real heavy patrol. They got a phone call at the (Varnell Police Department) up there, a passerby saw somebody crossing the road fitting the description. They concentrated their search to where that was. Somebody spotted something, said it looked like legs running across a field. They drew it in a little tighter and were able to apprehend him without any confrontation.”

Varnell Police Chief Lyle Grant was contacted after scanner chatter revealed a suspect was “in custody.”

“I’ve got him in my hands,” said Grant. “I gotta get him out of this field.”

Lawmen were searching the Cemetery Street area in Varnell, just north of the Highway 201 bridge that carries traffic over the railroad track. Lyle said Neal was on the railroad when he was apprehended.

Check back for updates and read Friday's Daily Citizen for a complete report.

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