By Ed Brock
Police have arrested another man in connection with the death of a Forest Park woman.
Benny Earl Kimbrough, 35, is currently charged with burglary and theft by taking in connection with the break-in that ended in the death of 48-year-old Ramatoulie Demba whose body was found Sunday in her home on Boca Grande Boulevard, Clayton County Police Capt. Tim Robinson said. Kimbrough also lives on Boca Grande Boulevard, about 16 houses down from Demba's house, and Robinson said investigators are reviewing physical evidence in the case to see if they should charge Kimbrough in Demba's death.
"He did not make any admission toward murder," Robinson said. "We know that Kimbrough was the person who took the car out of the house."
Part of the information that led to Kimbrough's arrest came from interviews with Franklin Hudson Jr., 33, a homeless man arrested Monday night after police found him in possession of Demba's car at the Chamblee Inn on Old Dixie Highway. Hudson had told investigators that somebody had given the car to him but Robinson said they didn't know if Kimbrough had given Hudson the car directly or if a third party was involved.
Kimbrough and Hudson knew some of the same people, Robinson said, but he wasn't sure if they knew each other or if Kimbrough knew Demba.
Kimbrough made his first appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court on Thursday. He was denied bond because he is currently on probation for a shoplifting charge. Judge D. Keith Scott Jr. granted Kimbrough's request for a court appointed lawyer and set a date of July 22 for a preliminary hearing in the case.
Yakubaa Fatty of Riverdale attended the first appearance.
"(Demba) was my best friend. She chose me to be her brother," said Fatty who once worked with Demba at National Car Rental.
Robinson said they are now releasing the cause of Demba's death as strangulation. The pool of blood in which Demba was found came from superficial injuries and bodily fluids that were released as the body lay in the house for several days.
A friend found Demba's body after going to her house Sunday to return some borrowed luggage. According to a police report she was found with her legs spread open and her feet flat on the ground.
While police are still investigating the possibility, Robinson said they do not currently believe Demba was sexually assaulted.
Robinson said he could not confirm if the robbery and murder were connected to drugs.
Investigators also have recovered a television and a camera that belonged to Demba and had been taken from the house, but Robinson said they are not yet releasing where those items were found.
Demba, a native of Gambia, was buried at the Muslim cemetery in Lovejoy on Tuesday.