- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

SWAINSBORO, Ga. (AP) - Investigators have arrested a new suspect in the 2002 death of a college professor in Swainsboro.

Multiple news outlets report Phillip Scott Kirby Sr. was charged Wednesday with murder in the death of Emily Pestana-Mason. She was an associate professor at East Georgia College. Authorities say she was stabbed in the neck while her two daughters were home. The victim’s husband, Walter C. Mason Jr., was charged earlier with murder in her death.

Authorities say Kirby was in prison on another charge and was being released when he was charged in Pestana-Mason’s death. In 2004, a search warrant was obtained for a sample of Kirby’s blood for DNA testing, which was found to match a hair left on her body.

Kirby said in court he plans to hire an attorney.


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