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Griffin police: No leads in 2013 slaying of area man
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A year later, authorities said there have been no developments in the homicide investigation of a Flowery Branch man who was killed in Griffin.

Harry Burkett, 63, died April 6, 2013. The Griffin Police Department said he was gunned down in a home invasion. At the time of the incident, he was visiting his fiancee, who was identified as Janet Valente of Griffin in his obituary in The Times.

Lead investigator Sgt. Dwyane Hancock said there is “no new information” to report.

“We’re still pursuing stuff that’s coming in, but there’s no information for you,” Hancock said.

“There are no new leads in the case,” he added.

Burkett was an Augusta native who had lived in Hall County for a number of years, according to his obituary. He was employed with the Georgia Department of Human Resources in the budget and finance division.

A $17,000 reward is offered — through Crime Stoppers and anonymously — for tips that lead to an arrest and conviction.

The police reported at the time of the incident that the suspect, a black man wearing sunglasses and a black stocking cap, entered the home, shot Burkett and fled after attempting to shoot another victim.

Burkett died from a gunshot wound to his chest, police said. He was pronounced dead at Spalding Regional Hospital in Griffin.

Several law enforcement agencies searched for the shooter. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office used a helicopter, and tracking dogs were also used.

Police released one sketch of the suspect in April and a second sketch of a person of interest in June.

Based on information received, police said, the person of interest was last seen in a mid-’90s dark blue or black Honda Accord with a faded trunk. He was seen leaving in the car with two other black men.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hancock at or 770-229-6450.