Bulloch Crime & Safety

Statesboro Man Charged in Murder of Girlfriend Was Twice Convicted of Family Violence

The man charged this week with the murder of a Statesboro woman has not only a lengthy criminal past, but also a violent one against the woman police now say he killed.

The Statesboro Police Department announced Thursday that detectives arrested 35-year-old Alonzo Lorenzo Stewart for the May 2022 homicide of 31-year-old Keturah Lee Mobley. SPD officers found Mobley deceased after a 911 call from Stewart. Authorities investigated her death as a homicide, but awaited crime lab and medical testing results before making any arrests.

Detectives received those results from the GBI lab on August 31 and charged Stewart the following day. He was already in the Bulloch County Jail for felony drug charges stemming from a search of the home following Mobley’s death, but Stewart now faces Murder and Aggravated Assault charges as well.

But court records indicate that May 2022 was not Stewart’s first act of violence in Bulloch County. In fact, Stewart has a long list of family violence offenses in the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit, all of which yielded sentences of probation.

May 9, 2022 – Criminal Trespass

Stewart  intentionally damaged a window and broke the glass on the property of Jasmine Mobley on January 15, 2022. The damage totaled less than $500.00, which prompted the offense to be charged as a misdemeanor and handled in State Court.

Stewart entered a Guilty Plea, served 11 days in jail, and was sentenced to 12 months probation.

Jan. 8, 2021Battery (Family Violence) + Cruelty to Children (3rd Degree)

This case was initially charged as a misdemeanor and elevated to a felony indictment shortly after his arrest. 

According to the indictment, Stewart hit Keturah Mobley in the face, causing her to bleed from her mouth and nose, leaving a black eye, a laceration under her eye, a lump on her forehead, and multiple bruises. The incident occurred in the presence of Mobley’s minor child.

Aside from the indictment from the grand jury and the arraignment, no further action was taken on the case. After Mobley’s death, when Stewart was arrested for felony drug possession, a motion was filed by the DA’s office to revoke his bond in this case. 

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April 28, 2018 – Battery (Family Violence) + Giving False Name to Law Enforcement 

A grand jury indicted Stewart for hitting Keturah Mobley in the face, causing multiple lacerations and bruises on her face, and giving a false name to law enforcement when they arrived to take a report. 

Stewart entered a guilty plea and was ordered to:

  • serve 5 years on probation,
  • complete 100 hours of community service,
  • pay a $1,000 fine.
  • serve150/180 days in a PDC, but that was suspended so long as he was compliant with the terms of his probation.
  • complete a Family Violence Intervention program
  • complete a substance abuse program

At the time of his plea, Stewart was at just shy of 30 days in jail and was given credit for time served.

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Stewart was under probation supervision for this sentenced when Mobley was killed. It was revoked on August 24, 2022.

2007 – Battery (Family Violence) & Drug Offenses

Stewart entered guilty pleas on these charges in 2007. The court sentenced him to a period of five years on probation with all confinement time suspended. The victim was a woman other than Mobley. 

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Criminal warrants in the clerk’s office also reflect:

  • warrants for a pending case of felony Possession of Cocaine on May 9, 2022;
  • warrants for a pending case of felony Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute on May 17, 2022;
  • guilty pleas for DUI, Open Container & Driving w/out a License from July 2020;
  • a nolo Contendere plea for DUI for a 2017 arrest;
  • a Nolo Contendere plea for Obstruction of Law Enforcement in 2017. The charge began as Giving False Name to Law Enforcement, but was later reduced. Stewart was placed on probation, which was ultimately revoked.

Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gzYAZT

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