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Arrest made in Cedartown murder

June 29, 2018--7:12 a.m.


A Cedartown man has been arrested and charged with murder in the early Sunday morning shooting death of Ronald Morris Bentley.

According to Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome, Laryan Yance Walker, 30, of 501 Line St., was arrested on murder charges at 7:45 this evening.

The arrest came as a result of an aggressive investigation by the Cedartown Police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Newsome said Walker was taken into custody without incident and is being housed in the Polk County Jail. Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.

According to Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier, 40-year-old Ronald Morris Bentley was found dead on the scene in the middle of the intersection of East Gibson Street and Park Street early in the morning on Sunday, June 24.

A call to 911 was first received at about 5:15 a.m. that morning of shots being fired in the area, followed by another call six minutes later, reporting that someone was lying in the street.