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Teen accused of killing missing GA college student

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  • Police searching for the body of Jmaal Malik Keyes, 19
  • Robert Rolison, 17, fellow student, charged with murder
  • Police chief says suspect and victim knew each other
Teen accused of killing missing GA college student

A 17-year-old Hawkinsville teen has been arrested and charged with murder in the disappearance of a fellow Middle Georgia State College student who went missing last month.

Robert Kane Rolison, 17, was arrested at his home last Thursday by Middle Georgia State College Police, authorities said.

Officials say they are still searching for the body of Jamaal Malik Keyes, 19, a freshman from Atlanta who was living in a residence hall on the Cochran Campus when he was last seen on April 25. He was reported missing on April 29.

Rolison, a dual-enrolled high school/Middle Georgia State student, is now in custody at a Bleckley County, Georgia facility, police said.

Campus Police Chief Shawn Douglas said Rolison gave Keyes knew each other, and Rolison gave Keyes a ride to a convenience store the day Keyes vanished. The chief added he is not commenting on a motive and said he doesn’t know of any prior conflict between the two.

“We are absolutely devastated by this news. There just are no words to describe how deeply hurt we are and how terrible we feel for Jamaal’s family,” John Black, the college’s interim president said Thursday.

“We will cooperate in every way to help law enforcement authorities complete their investigation.”

HLN made repeated calls to the Atlanta Public Defenders Office in an attempt to locate at attorney representing Rolison, but calls were not returned. 

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