Thomas Jefferson Byrd’s killer, movie actor has been arrested +pics

Thomas Jefferson Byrd’s killer, has been arrested over shooting death of film actor

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Thomas Jefferson Byrd’s killer was arrested on Friday morning in the fatal shooting of the actor, the authorities said

An arrest has been made in the US state of Georgia over the shooting death of actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd.


Murder detectives in Atlanta on Wednesday obtained an warrant for the arrest of 30-year-old Antonio Demetrice Rhynes on a felony murder charge based on evidence and tips from the public, and officers arrested him early on Friday morning, Officer Steve Avery said in an email.

Rhynes will be taken to the Fulton County jail once he is processed, Mr Avery said.

It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer who could comment on his arrest.


Best known for his roles in Spike Lee films, Thomas Jefferson was found dead around 1.45am on October 3 near his home in southwest Atlanta.

He had been shot multiple times in the back.

Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Actor in Spike Lee's Films, Killed in Atlanta +details & photo


A 10,000 US dollars reward had been offered for information leading to an arrest.

Thomas Jefferson acted in films including Clockers, Chi-Raq, Bamboozled, He Got Game and Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus.


Also a stage actor, Thomas Jefferson was nominated in 2003 for a Tony award for his performance in the Broadway revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, co-starring Whoopi Goldberg and Charles S. Dutton.



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