Arrest made in landscaper's death
Covington resident, 22, charged with murder

COVINGTON - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested a 22-year-old Covington man in connection with the slaying last week of a Conyers landscaper, according to GBI spokesman John Bankhead.

Pablo Maldonado, 22, whose last known address according to Newton County Sheriff's Office jail records is 12641 Brown Bridge Road, has been charged with the murder of 55-year-old Timothy Clements.

Clements' body was found by two fishermen late Friday afternoon in Snapping Shoals Creek on Ga. Highway 212.

"Maldonado was picked up by police in Anniston, Ala., early Sunday morning, and he was served with a murder warrant this afternoon at the Anniston Police Department by Newton County sheriff's investigators and the GBI," Bankhead said in a printed press release issued Sunday night.

Maldonado was expected to arrive at the Newton County Jail sometime Monday. Bankhead said the vehicle the suspect was driving at the time of his arrest had already been brought back to the GBI crime lab. He said a mug shot of Maldonado would not be issued at this time "due to the continuing investigation."

Clements' 1991 red Ford F-150 pickup had been missing, but Bankhead said it was located Monday on Evans Mill Road in DeKalb County.

The NCSO had received a missing persons report on Clements from his family when he failed to come home from work. Bankhead said he was expected to be working in Newton County on Thursday.

"He was last seen leaving for work on Thursday at 6 a.m.," Bankhead said.

The NCSO, with assistance from the GBI, is the lead investigative agency in the case because Clements' body was found in Newton County.

Bankhead said it is likely the murder did not occur at Snapping Shoals Creek, but the body was taken there and dumped. However, without a murder scene, the agency where the body was found assumes the investigation.

The cause of death has not been released "due to the investigative value" of that information, according to Bankhead. Clements was identified by his dental work.

Anyone with any information concerning this case is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400 or the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com