Suspect Arrested in Road Rage Murder of 30-Year-Old Trucker

Greensboro, GA — After a more than nine-month nationwide search, authorities have arrested the suspect in a road rage murder of a 30-year-old trucker last year.

Deron Demond Bell, of Norcross, GA, was arrested in Louisiana on Tuesday in connection to the murder of truck driver Joseph Lee Briggs, Jr., of Manning, SC, the Union Recorder reported.


Bell was taken into custody on Tuesday, January 25, by deputies with the U.S. Marshal’s Office and other local authorities.

Green County Sheriff Donnie Harrison told the local outlet Bell was apprehended at an apartment complex.

“We have been working closely with the U.S. Marshal’s Service ever since the day the homicide investigation began,” Harrison said. “They had been working this case diligently. We had received information that he was somewhere in the Baton Rouge, LA area. As a result of that information, they finally caught a break, and with some information they had received, they were able to find him and lock him up.”


The shooting occurred on April 9, 2021, along Intestate 20.

An investigation revealed Briggs was traveling westbound on I-20 when at approximately 6:45 a.m. his tractor-trailer crossed over the westbound lanes, through the grassy median and into the eastbound lanes before coming to rest in the woods at mile marker 132, near the Veazey Road bridge.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) reported Briggs was found deceased at the scene having suffered “multiple gunshot wounds.”


Shortly after the murder, GBI named Bell a suspect in the case and secured a warrant for his arrest.

Bell will be extradited back to Georgia where he is expected to face charges. will continue to follow the case.


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