73-year-old man found dead inside Ga. store. Police just charged an 18-year-old girl with murder

VALDOSTA, Ga. — A teen is behind bars after officials say she is accused of killing a man inside of a south Georgia business.

Valdosta police said on Dec. 8 at 9 a.m., officers received reports of a person who was possibly dead inside a store on Bemiss Road.

When officers arrived, they located 73-year-old Farooq Baig inside the business near gaming machines in the back of the store. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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According to the investigation, Baig had apparent signs of physical struggle on his body, leading officers to believe that he was murdered.

On Tuesday, 18-year-old Daja Kalice James was arrested after detectives learned that she was a responsible party in causing Baig’s death.

Authorities did not specify how they concluded that she was involved.


James was charged with murder during the commission of a felony, malice murder, two counts of aggravated assault and robbery by force.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Valdosta Police Department Bureau of Investigative Services at 229-293-3145.

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