Troup slaying suspect arrested

by Wes Mayer

A man believed to be responsible for the death of Michael Anthony Starnes in Troup County has been arrested by investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect, Criss Langston, 28, of Franklin, was charged with felony murder, tampering with evidence, and theft of a firearm after he surrendered to the Heard County Sheriff’s Office on Monday morning, said Deputy Stewart Smith, public information officer with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office.

Starnes, 48, who was from Heard County, was found dead by deputies around 11:10 p.m. Friday in the area of McCosh Mill Road in northern Troup County. According to Smith, Starnes was found on the side of the road and authorities determined he died due to a gunshot wound.

Investigators sought help from the public in finding who was responsible for the death of Starnes.

After Langston turned himself in, he was transported to the Troup County Jail.



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