Investigators work the scene of Wednesday's fatal shooting and robbery at Mobley and Company Jewelers. Owner Mitch Mobley was killed in the incident and a 16-year-old male was denied bond in Carroll County Thursday.

Police have made a second arrest in the robbery and murder of Villa Rica businessman Mitch Mobley, Capt. Keith Shaddix of Villa Rica Police Department said Thursday.

Raphael Rucker, 23, of Atlanta was arrested early Thursday near Stone Mountain, about 55 miles away from Mobley Jewelry Company, where the alleged murder occurred shortly before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Mobley, 45, died at the scene from a gunshot wound.

In a release, VRPD identified the suspect arrested on Wednesday, the day of the incident, as 16-year-old Eric Billings, of College Park. Billings has been charged as an adult with murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Billings is currently being held at Youth Detention Center, while Rucker is confined to Carroll County jail, charged with murder and armed robbery.

Two suspects are still at large.

Shaddix said the investigation revealed that four males entered the jewelry store and began to break the glass in the display cases.

"During the robbery, Mitch Mobley confronted the suspects and was shot," Shaddix said in a prepared release. "It is believed that three of the suspects fled the area in a small black vehicle along with the vehicle's driver. The fourth suspect fled the area on foot and was caught by Villa Rica officers a short distance from the scene."

In other news of the case, Billings appeared for a first appearance bond hearing in Carrollton Thursday.

Magistrate Court Judge Alton Johnson denied bond for the teenager.

The male has been charged as an adult. Johnson read to him the three arrest warrants, which charge him with murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Billings, wearing a grey T-shirt and blue jeans, appeared with his attorney, public defender Joseph Robert. Assistant District Attorney Vincent Faucette was also present for the hearing.

Johnson granted the 16-year-old a preliminary probable cause hearing, to be held on Aug. 2. The judge also told him his case could be presented to the grand jury for possible indictment as early as Aug. 13.

The teen told the judge he is a rising 11th grader at Provost Academy, an Atlanta-based online charter school.

Johnson said the maximum sentence Billings faces is the death penalty, because of the murder charge.

Shaddix said VRPD is being assisted by members of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Carrollton Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, FBI Safe Street Gang Task Force and the Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force.

The investigation is still ongoing as leads are being investigated, the captain said.

"The Villa Rica Police Department offers our deepest condolences to the Mobley family during this time," Shaddix said.

A prayer walk has been planned for Saturday at 8 a.m. According to the event's Facebook page, the group will meet in Villa Rica at The Mill Amphitheater, "pray, explain what we are doing to everyone there, break off into groups, and walk around downtown praying over the people and the town."

The group will meet back at The Mill at 9 a.m. and pray again before dismissal.

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Why is his name being withheld? Just wonering.


I hate to hear when a serious crime happens in Douglas and Carroll County. But it really makes me sick when I hear they are from Atlanta, DeKalb and etc. If you need to commit a crime stay on your side of town, don't bring your tug self, worthless P.O.S self to our community to steal, hurt, or kill our citizens.

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