TAMPA, Fla. - A former Plant City High School and semipro football player has been extradited to Georgia to face a murder charge after allegedly shooting a Tampa woman and dumping her body in a river earlier this month.
According to Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson, Joshua Helton, 25, was booked into the county jail around 2:40 a.m. Saturday morning, after being extradited from the Hillsborough County Jail.
Helton was taken into custody by Hillsborough County deputies on a murder warrant earlier in July after a fisherman stumbled on the body of Judy Murrow, 64, in the Ocmulgee River.
Steverson could not confirm where detectives believe Murrow was murdered, but are leaning to the incident occurring in Georgia.
Steverson said detectives believe Murrow's truck was likely part of the motive for Helton to allegedly kill her.
Since Helton's arrest, two additional arrests were made in connection to the murder.
Jamey Jackson Conner, 33, and Amy Leigh Ann Clark, 26, both of Wray, Georgia, were taken into custody for allegedly helping Helton dispose of Murrow's body.
Steverson said detectives believe Helton, Conner and Clark knew each other and were associates in the past, and Helton contacted them for help at some point before or after Murrow's murder.
The sheriff is pursuing a charge of murder with malice, equivalent to 1st-degree murder, for Helton.
Murrow's son, Kenneth Murrow, 45, of Tampa, says Helton knew the family for the past year and visited for dinner on several occasions.
Helton has been listed as a player on the online roster of the semi-pro football team Brooksville Ballers and was a former football player at Plant City High School.
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