7 charged with murder in death of Georgia Lottery winner

FITZGERALD, Ga. (AP) – Authorities say seven people have been charged in the shooting death of a recent Georgia Lottery winner.

Ben Hill County Sheriff Bobby McLemore tells WFXL-TV the seven suspects, who range in age from 17 to 28 years old, all face charges of malice murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Authorities say three masked men broke into 20-year-old Craigory Burch Jr.’s Fitzgerald home in January, demanded money and then fatally shot Burch.

The attack came two months after Burch won $434,272 from hitting the Fantasy 5 jackpot.

McLemore says he expects there to be more arrests in connection with the attack, which investigators believe was targeted, and not random.

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