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Suspect in Hurdon Road Homicide Turns Himself in to Police

The suspect turned himself in on April 1.

Stephen O'Reilly, 24, turned himself in on April 1, after a nationwide manhunt was conducted over the weekend.

On March 30, Gwinnett County Police Department officers were dispatched to a homicide at 2467 Hurndon Road in unincorporated Snellville a little after noon. (Hurndon Road is located off of Pate Road, between Skyland and Springdale.)

When officers arrived, they found the victim, 28-year-old Brent Francis, suffering from multiple stab wounds. Before dying from his wounds at Gwinnett Medical Center, he told police that his roommate, Stephen O’Reilly, 24, was the man who had attacked him.  

Police said O’Reilly fled the scene in Francis’ vehicle, a black 1994 Toyota Camry. Detectives obtained a murder warrant against O’Reilly based on Francis’ statement and evidence collected at the scene.  

On April 1, 2013, O’Reilly turned himself in to officers in Escambia County, Fla.; the stolen vehicle was found in Pensacola. O'Reilly is awaiting extradition and transport back to Gwinnett County.

The motive is still under investigation, according to Gwinnett County Police.  

This is the second homicide in the Snellville area this year. 

Stank Bone April 04, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Crystal, Two important things need to happen, right off the bat. First, MORE officers in patrol cars patrolling the neighborhoods. One officer per car. You have too many officers in specialty units NOT patrolling, and too much down time. If the helicopter pilot can't fly today, send him out in a car to patrol, he's getting paid, isn't he?! Second, there are several programs that form partnerships between the police and the members of the community that need to be, either started or revitalized. If nothing else, there's nothing wrong with the zone officers stopping at select house in the community and doing "knock & talks", trying to get information, and trying to get the stakeholders to call 911 every time something suspicious is going on. Besides that, you never know what you're going to find or smell when you knock on random doors! Too much emphasis has been placed on ticket revenue of late, wonder why??
Jess April 05, 2013 at 03:10 PM
I've known Stephen since middle school, and I'm sure I can speak for many Virgin Islanders when I say that this story came as a complete shock to us. He was a good person, popular all around, and came from a great family, but I agree that there has to be more behind the story. The media makes it seem as if it was a random act of violence, which I'm hoping it wasn't. My prayers go out to both families involved... I can't imagine their pain.
Crystal Huskey April 05, 2013 at 03:59 PM
I agree Jess, I'm sure there is more, and I hope to find out soon. Since he's in custody, the motive will hopefully be released soon. The whole situation is tragic.
Shane Little April 06, 2013 at 01:54 AM
there is more to the story... he is a cold blooded coward, that's why he stole the man's car and ran to Florida.
Shalyssa April 13, 2013 at 01:26 AM
im sorry you feel that way but he is not a coward..hes a brave individual that follows his own beliefs

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