Arrest made in Mother's Day robbery, murder in Tifton

Zeni Marie Travis (Courtesy: Albritton Funeral Directors)
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
July 2, 2018

TIFTON, Ga. (WCTV) -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has announced an arrest in the fatal shooting of a Tift County woman during a Mother's Day armed robbery.

Officials say 27-year-old Devontay Green was arrested on June 29 on charges of armed robbery and felony murder. He is accused in the murder of 47-year-old Zeni Marie Travis.

GBI says Green was taken into custody at the Tift County Sheriff's Office.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 16, 2018

TIFTON, Ga. (WCTV) -- Authorities in Tift County are looking for the suspect responsible for fatally shooting a woman during an armed robbery on Mother's Day.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the incident happened in Tifton in the early morning hours of May 13.

At approximately 1:56 a.m. the Tift County Sheriff’s Office responded to Tift Regional Medical Center in reference to a gunshot victim. The victim, 47-year-old Zeni Marie Travis, had been taken to the hospital by her mother.

The GBI says investigators learned that Travis and her mother, a cab driver, had earlier picked up a passenger on Emerson O. Bynes Avenue.

The passenger directed the two to the 400 block of Mathis Street where he robbed Travis’ mother and shot Travis, who was in the front seat. The suspect then fled in an unknown direction.

At this time, the only description of the suspect is that he is a black male.

Travis’ mother drove her to Tift Regional Medical Center where Travis died of her injuries.

Authorities say the investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tift County Sheriff’s Office at 229-388-6020, the GBI office in Sylvester at 229-777-2080, or submit a tip online at

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