Man Arrested for Murder of Spike Lee Films Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd
11:43 am PT – The police just released footage, taken from a drone, of Rhynes’ arrest … you can see him coming out of his room with his hands up.
An Atlanta man was arrested and charged with the murder of Thomas Jefferson Byrd … the popular actor known for several roles in Spike lee joints.
The Atlanta PD says he followed the evidence and advice that led them to identify the suspect, Antonio Demetrice Rhynes. An arrest warrant was issued for Rhynes on Wednesday and he was arrested on Friday morning.
He faces a murder charge for the shooting, which took place near Byrd’s home in Atlanta. We still don’t know what led to the murder.
As we reported … Byrd, 70, has died multiple gunshot wounds to his back on October 3, and Spike broke the news himself on social media after learning of his murder.
Byrd has had notable roles in several Spike movies, such as “Clockers”, “Get on the Bus”, “Bamboozled”, “He Got Game”, “Red Hook Summer”, “Chi-Raq” and more.
Originally posted – 7:34 AM PT
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