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Fugitive Captured in Connection with Bainbridge Fatal Stabbing

By: Kara Duffy, James Buechele Email
By: Kara Duffy, James Buechele Email

Decatur County, GA- A South Georgia man accused of murder went before a judge for the first time today.

Dorian Goss, 22, has been transported back to Decatur County and was charged with murder in the stabbing death of Ervin Flanders, Jr.

Goss was captured in Atlanta on Monday after being on the run since Flanders's death on October 28th.

Goss will go before a Superior Court Judge for a bond hearing within the next few weeks.

For now, he remains behind bars at the Decatur County Jail.


Decatur County, GA - According to the Decatur County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshall's Fugitive Task Force has captured Dorian Goss at a hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Goss has been wanted in connection to the October stabbing death of Ervin Flanders, Jr. at the Bainbridge Shrine Club. Goss is charged with murder and is being held at a Dekalb County jail waiting to be transferred back to Decatur County.


Bainbridge, GA-December 26, 2012

On a day typically filled with joy and celebration, family and friends of Ervin Flanders Jr gathered inside a small Bainbridge Church to pray and heal.

They lit candles, sang songs and shared their favorite memories of Flanders on what would've been his 28th birthday.

"It's a pain. I just can't explain it. Like part of me was just ripped out of me," says Viola Flanders, his mother.

"I'm going to miss my baby because he meant a lot to his daddy and to his mother," says Ervin Flanders Sr., his father.

The family says Flanders had been out of jail on a burglary charge for about three months when he was murdered.

The Decatur County Sheriff's Office says Dorian Goss is accused of fatally stabbing Flanders during a fight over a girl outside of the Bainbridge Shriners Club.

There's been a warrant for Goss' arrest since October. But so far, he hasn't been caught.

"We just want justice and closure. My son was murdered. He's dead. We just want it so bad. If I could just get that for a birthday that would be the best thing that ever happened to me," says his mother.

Anyone with any information on Goss are asked to call the Decatur County Sheriff's Office at 229-248-3044.


Bainbridge, GA- Friends of 27 year-old Ervin Flanders Jr. are still shocked by what happened outside the Bainbrdige Shrine Club early Sunday morning.

"Ervin, he was a very funny person, loved to have fun; a real good person," said Cedrick Brown, a friend of Flanders.

According to dozens of witnesses inside the party, a fight broke out between Flanders and 22 year-old Dorian Goss.

Lead Investigator Redell Walton with the Decatur County Sheriff's Office said that's when security stepped in.

"They moved the entire crowd of people outside and while our victim was standing talking to some friends, our suspect approached him, hit him from behind and another altercation occurred and during that altercation, he was stabbed to death."

Investigators say Goss got into a white car and took off. The driver of that vehicle is described as a black man with dreadlocks. Goss is still on the loose.

Investigators say the stabbing was not random.

"These two guys knew each other," said Investigator Walton. "I believe they went to school together and in this case, I believe it stemmed from a young lady that one had dated before and there was some friction there."

"It's very sad," Brown added. "We really need to stop the violence, you know, among each other. It's sad on both ends, knowing both of them."

Goss is described as 5'9" weighing 150 pounds. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Decatur County Sheriff's Office.

The Bainbridge Shrine Club rents out its building for private events. Proceeds from those rentals benefit the Children's Hospital in Tampa.


Bainbridge, GA - The Decatur County Sheriff's Office needs help finding a man suspected of a fatal stabbing in Bainbridge, GA.

Captain Chip Nix of the Decatur County Sheriff's Office tells WCTV that between 2:30 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning a fight broke out at the Bainbridge Shriners Club.

Nix says a fight over a woman led to Dorian Goss allegedly fatally stabbing Ervin Flanders, Jr. Nix says the weapon that was used is similar to a screwdriver. Goss remains on the run as the sheriff's office has issued a warrant for his arrest.

Goss is described as 5'9" weighing 150 lbs. Anyone with information about Goss is asked to call the Decatur County Sheriff's Office at 229-248-3044.


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