Man arrested in Calhoun County linked to Georgia homicide investigation

Posted at 8:13 PM, Aug 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-18 20:13:08-04

ECKFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. —  Deputies in Calhoun County say they’ve arrested a man who has been wanted since February for murdering a pregnant woman in Georgia.

The arrest happened in the area if 22 Mile Road and D Drive South in Eckford Township.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office tells FOX 17 NEWS deputies were called to the area after a report of “suspicious people” were going door to door trying to sell cleaning supplies.

Deputies arrested a 40-year-old man from Stockbridge, Georgia who they say was in possession of marijuana following a traffic stop in the area.  Deputies also believed at the time of the arrest the man was giving them a fake name.

The suspect was taken to the Calhoun County Jail, where a fingerprint analysis revealed a warrant for the man’s arrest out of Clayton County, Georgia for homicide/feticide.

Donnel Rawls, 40, is listed as a most wanted fugitive by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office following the murder of a woman in February 2015.

According to a release issued by the U.S. Marshals in late July, Rawls is suspected of killing his girlfriend and her unborn baby.

Rawls has an extensive criminal history, including prior convictions for kidnapping, rape, assault, robbery, fraud and providing false identification.

The suspect is currently being held in Calhoun County, awaiting extradition to Georgia to face charges.