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Alleged Killer Caught in Vidalia
Tuesday, 16 April 2013

April 16--  A man wanted for a Tuesday morning murder in Richmond County was apprehended in the Vidalia Walmart parking lot Tuesday afternoon.

Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight says law enforcement in this area had been alerted that Steve Lawrence Allen of Blythe may be coming to Toombs County after he shot two people and killed the mother of his girlfriend in Blythe.

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"He had picked up a lady here in Vidalia on Allen Drive.  I think he had met her on the Internet.  He picked her up and they went to Walmart.  We understood they were planning to leave Vidalia and go to Savannah, but we found him at Walmart," Sheriff Kight said.

Sheriff Kight said he drove up beside Allen's truck in the parking lot.

"He had a gun in the back seat of the truck.  He had a Glock 9mm but offered no resistance.  I pulled him out of the truck, handcuffed him and that was it," Sheriff Kight said.

Investigators from Richmond County came to the Toombs County jail to pick up Allen and question the woman, identified as Johnnie Marie Stevens.  Sheriff Kight said she told him she had no idea what the man had been involved in.  He also said Allen appeared to be mentally unstable.

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