The Latest: Police ID suspect in deadly campus stabbing

AP News
Posted: May 04, 2016 12:17 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the deadly stabbing of a student at Fort Valley State University in central Georgia (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

Authorities say they're seeking a murder warrant against a man accused of stabbing a Fort Valley State University freshman to death on the campus of the school in central Georgia.

At a Wednesday news conference, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent J.T. Ricketson identified the suspect as 24-year-old Joseph Anthony Scott, a former student who had come onto campus Tuesday.

Police say Donnell M. Phelps of Marshallville, Georgia, was stabbed multiple times shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Officials say Scott then stabbed campus safety officer Ernest Johnson as he was leaving the campus. Ricketson said Johnson is hospitalized but expected to survive.

Authorities say Scott is being held in the Peach County Jail. It wasn't immediately known whether he has an attorney.


7:45 a.m.

Police say a person with a knife attacked and killed a Fort Valley State University student on the school's main campus in central Georgia.

Campus Safety Police Chief Kenneth Morgan in a news release identifies the victim as Donnell M. Phelps, a freshman agriculture engineering technology student from Marshallville, Georgia.

School officials say the suspect also stabbed campus safety officer Ernest Johnson during the attack Tuesday afternoon near the main campus gate at Fort Valley State, which is in Fort Valley.

Fort Valley State said in the news release that the suspect, whom they didn't identify, was taken into custody on campus shortly after the killing.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation with help from campus police.

Fort Valley is about 29 miles southwest of Macon.