VALDOSTA, Ga. --  Valdosta police are charging two men with murder in the death investigation of Robert Pett.

On July 13, 2013, Pett's body was found behind an abandoned house located in the 200 block of Walnut Street in Valdosta.

The men accused of killing Pett, 22-year-old Michael Pindling and 21-year-old Dereon Wallace, had only been in the Valdosta area for about a month. Police say that Pett knew of the two men.

After Pett's body was found, detectives discovered that the suspects fled the Valdosta area after the murder and were possibly headed to to New York City. Officers discovered that they were supposed to return to Valdosta on Wednesday, July 17.

Pindling and  Wallace were arrested in the Savannah, Georgia area by Georgia State Patrol and Port Wentworth Georgia police. They may face additional criminal charges as the case  is further investigated.  The two are currently being held at the Savannah-Chatham County Jail in Savannah, Georgia pending their return to Lowndes County.

Valdosta Police Cheif Brian Childress issued the following statement: "I am pleased regarding the fact our detectives took a case with little evidence and eventually identified the two suspects, obtained significant evidence to include a possible murder weapon, and ensured the offenders were arrested without incident. I am also impressed with the performance of the Valdosta/Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory who within less than 24 hours analyzed evidence which linked the suspects to the murder. This was the intent of a local laboratory to conduct evidence analysis quickly and help resolve criminal cases and this case proves our laboratory is working."

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I would like to commend the VPD in tracking the persons responsible for Robert Pett's murder. They had very little to work with and we had our doubts that they would be able to find justice for this young man. He did not deserve this, he was a good person. I hope that his family can have "some" comfort knowing that his killers have been caught. Race has nothing to do with the way I feel, if it had been white or any other race I would feel the same. They had nothing to lose and gained nothing by taking his life. There is no race card here Robert was a white guy who was raised in the black community and some of his closest friends were black. The bottom line is his life was taken for no reason by another human being no matter the color of their skin. R.I.P Robert Pett we love you and MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON THEIR SOULS!

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