SAVANNAH — Police Tuesday arrested a Savannah man in the fatal Christmas Eve shooting of a 19-year-old debutante in the city's famous downtown historic district, triggering a public outcry for city officials to crack down on crime.
Michael Thorpe, 25, is charged in the slaying of Jennifer Ross, who was shot during a mugging near Orleans Square hours after attending her debutante ball. Ross died from her gunshot wound on New Year's Day at the Savannah hospital where her father is an executive vice president.
Sgt. Mike Wilson, a Savannah police spokesman, said investigators connected Thorpe to Ross' slaying through "leads generated out of the community," but declined to be more specific.
Wilson also said police expected to make more arrests in the case, though he would not name any other suspects.