Atlanta Man Arrested for Murder of Spike Lee Films Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd

An Atlanta man has been arrested and charged with murder of actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, best known for several roles in Spike Lee films.

via TMZ:

The Atlanta PD says they followed evidence and tips that led them to identify the suspect, Antonio Demetrice Rhynes. An arrest warrant was issued for Rhynes Wednesday and he was arrested Friday morning.

He’s facing a felony murder charge for the shooting, which occurred near Byrd’s Atlanta home. It’s still unclear what led to the killing.

As we reported … 70-year-old Byrd died on October 3 from multiple gunshot wounds to the back, and Spike broke the news himself on social media after learning of his murder.

Byrd had notable roles in several of Spike’s films, such as “Clockers,” “Get on the Bus,” “Bamboozled,” “He Got Game,” “Red Hook Summer,” “Chi-Raq” and more.

We hope Thomas’ family gets the justice they deserve.

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