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Lilburn Slaying Suspect Bails Out of Jail

Phillip Sailors, a Lilburn man who is charged with murder, was released Wednesday afternoon.

Lilburn Slaying Suspect Bails Out of Jail

Phillip Sailors, the Lilburn resident accused of shooting and killing a young man who pulled into his driveway, was released from jail Wednesday after posting bail.

According to jail records, Sailors bonded out of the Gwinnett County Detention Center at 3:34 p.m. Jan. 30. A judge granted Sailors a $10,000 bond Wednesday afternoon, according to defense attorney Michael Puglise.

Sailors, 69, is charged with murder in the death of Rodrigo Diaz, who is identified as a 22-year-old Duluth man in police reports.

On Saturday evening, Diaz and three friends pulled into Sailors' driveway on Hillcrest Road in Lilburn. The car's GPS took the friends to the wrong house, according to Diaz's family.

Sailors' attorney said that his client thought he and his wife were about to become victims of a home invasion or assault when he fired the fatal shot.

After Diaz died from his injuries the following morning, Lilburn Police arrested and charged Sailors with murder.

It is the first homicide in the city since 2005.

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