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McDuffie may hold key to Newton County murder

Newton County authorities are hoping a wallet found in a trash can and a video from a McDuffie County restaurant will help solve a homicide.

During a press conference Wednesday morning in Covington, officials said they have a surveillance video from the Thomson Dairy Queen showing a possible suspect in the death of Doyle W. Coleman Sr.

"We have a video of him, but that's all we have right now," said Newton County Investigator David Jones, adding that the video isn't clear enough to produce a good still picture of the suspect.

Mr. Coleman was found dead in his Covington grocery store on Dec. 2. Since then investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have been asking for the public's help in solving the case.

McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall said a worker at Thomson's Dairy Queen found Mr. Coleman's wallet in a bathroom trash can at the Washington Road business on the same day Mr. Coleman's body was found in Newton County -- an Atlanta suburb about about 85 miles west of Thomson along Interstate 20.

Mr. Coleman's family is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the case. If anyone has information about the case, they are being urged to call the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office, the local Georgia Bureau of Investigation office or the Newton County Sheriff's Office at 678-625-1400.

Inv. Jones said officials want to find someone who was in the Thomson restaurant and convenience store between 2-4 p.m. on Dec. 2. They hope to create a suspect sketch from local witnesses, he said.

"If you saw anything, please come forward and call us," Inv. Jones said.

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