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Atlanta man charged with murder

By Ed Brock

Clayton County police arrested an Atlanta man Wednesday in connection with the stabbing death of a Jonesboro man.

Tony Fitzgerald Gilbert, 38, of Altadena Place, was arrested around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and charged with murder in connection with the death of 43-year-old Harold Willis whose body was found in June, according to Clayton County police Detective Hank Derbyshire.

Both men were involved in "some kind of relationship," Clayton County police Sgt. Brian Busch said.

"One theory (for the killing) is that the victim had begun to withdraw financial support from (Gilbert)," Busch said.

Gilbert had been questioned before in connection with Willis' death after the victim's body was found on June 18 in his house on Carlisle Drive. He came voluntarily to Clayton County Police headquarters in Jonesboro a short time after the body was discovered but was released.

It was information gathered from statements Gilbert made to investigators and the fact that Atlanta police had stopped Gilbert in Willis' 1987 Nissan Maxima on April 28 that led to Gilbert's arrest, according to Derbyshire.

Willis' family had not heard from him since April 15.

Clayton County officers went to Willis' house around 4:35 p.m. on the day the body was found to check on his welfare. Willis appeared to have been dead for two to four weeks, Antoine said.

An autopsy later revealed that the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.

Busch said that Willis' family lived in Ohio and he had no relatives in the area.