Fla. Man Charged With Killing Woman Found in Telfair Co.

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TAMPA, Florida (WTSP) -- A Florida man is now charged with murdering a woman found in the Ocmulgee River in Telfair County Thursday.

Judy Murrow's body was discovered by two fishermen on Thursday. A GBI autopsy said she died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Joshua Lamar Helton, 26, of Plant City has been charged with kliling her.

Telfair County Sheriff Christopher W. Steverson will not say why they think Helton is the murderer and why he was in Georgia with Murrow. He said they're still investigating.

He said the Tampa, Fla. woman was probably in the water for three or four days.

"We estimate the body had been in the water for just a few days. Maybe it was put in the water Monday or Tuesday," said

Helton is in the Hillsborough Co. jail on a no-bond fugitive warrant and he could be sent back to Georgia if investigators determine that the murder took place in that state.

The victim's son told 10 News that he has known Helton for about a year and often invited him over to his mother's house for dinner.

He does not know why the former Plant City High School football player would allegedly murder his mother.

"God only knows, my man. We have no money. We have nothing," said Kenneth Murrow. "It's crazy. I don't know what to think of it. I don't know what to think of it."

Kenneth Murrow said he is trying to scrape together enough money to retrieve his mother's body from Atlanta.

For 45 years, Judy Murrow lived at the same home on Hobbs Street in Tampa, where neighbors are taking the news of her death hard.

"She was a quiet neighbor, kept to herself, never bothered a soul," said neighbor Jeff Penzel.

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