Stabbing suspect turns herself in

Published 5:49 pm Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tonya McMillian turned herself into the Decatur County Jail in the company of her attorney on Thursday afternoon around 2 p.m. according to Decatur County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Williams.

McMillian was wanted on two felony warrants of aggravated assault after allegedly stabbing Zack Whitely, 22, in Brinson on Sunday. DCSO had been involved in an active search for her since the incident. She was booked into the jail after turning herself in.

According to Williams, Whitley is in stable condition and recovering after undergoing open heart surgery as a result of the stabbing.

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“From what I understand, they expect him to make a full recovery,” Williams said.

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The Decatur County Sheriff’s office is actively searching for Tonya McMillian who has two outstanding felony warrants for aggravated assault after allegedly stabbing Zack Whitely, 22, in Brinson on Sunday.

“Tonya McMillian is still a fugitive from justice,” DCSO investigator Brian Donalson said. “She knows she is fleeing and we are trying to take her into custody at this time. The career criminals unit along with the deputies and case agents are all looking for her.”

Whitely was reportedly stabbed in the chest by McMillian during an altercation between her boyfriend and another man. According to the incident report, Whitely and another man had given the son of McMillian’s boyfriend money to purchase marijuana for them. 

When they went to his residence to demand their money back, an altercation ensued between Whitley’s friend and McMillian’s boyfriend.

“It was a domestic issue until it turned violent and that is when we were notified,” Donalson said.

Whitley was initially taken to Memorial Hospital before being LifeFlighted to Tallahassee. Donalson said that he did not know Whitley’s condition as of Tuesday afternoon.

Witnesses told DCSO officers that after the stabbing McMillian and her boyfriend returned to their residence. The officers attempted to make contact by knocking on the door and near a window.

After receiving information of a possible threat to children in the residence, Deputy Michael Musgrove “forced the front door by kicking it beside the door knob.”

The officers found the residence unoccupied leading to the active search for McMillian.

She is described as 5’8”, 37 year-old female with brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call DCSO officer Jason Williams at 229-400-8016 or Investigator Terry Philips at 229-400-8008.

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