Fetch Your News spoke to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and below is the information that they are able to release at this time regarding the earlier indictments. The Sheriff’s Office said they knew there was probably many questions, but until the investigation is wrapped up, this is all of the information available for release.
On December 7, 2016, a Pickens County Grand Jury indicted Christopher Byers (age 32) and Arnold Griffith (age 58) with the 2014 murder of Raymond Walnoha. Mr. Walnoha was last know to live in Adamsville Tennessee and was 46 at the time of the incident.
In a complicated case that began in 2014, Detectives of the Pickens Sheriff’s Office were able to work with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to make both arrests. Detectives had been working to follow up on information received that an unknown man by the name of Ray had been murdered. Over the course of the 2 year period, detectives were eventually able to learn that a Raymond Walnoha had been missing for this period of time.
Eventually, after requesting the aide of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, detectives and agents were able to learn that Mr. Walnoha had been killed by a blow to the head with an axe. Detectives were also able to learn that Mr. Byers and Mr. Griffith attempted to cover up the scene and hide the body.
Both Griffith and Byers were in custody for unrelated Probation Violation charges at the time of investigation and are currently being held without bond in the Pickens County Adult Detention Center.
This case is still being actively investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Pickens Sheriff’s Office. Additional details related to the crime are not available at this time.
If you need additional information, please contact the public information section of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Kris Stancil / Captain
[email protected] / 404-536-5035
Pickens Sheriff’s Office
2985 Camp Road Jasper, Georgia 30143
Fetch Your News will update more as it becomes available.