Arrest made in killing of Gainesville man found on railroad tracks

Dexter Barnard Pulliam remains held at the Hall County Jail without bond.
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Dexter Barnard Pulliam remains held at the Hall County Jail without bond.

A Gainesville man was arrested Friday after police investigated the death of a man found near a railroad crossing this past week, officials said.

Gainesville police charged 51-year-old Dexter Barnard Pulliam with malice murder. He remained held at the Hall County Jail on Saturday with no bond, according to online jail records.

Police said they found the victim, Leon Hines, 66, on Monday night unconscious with blood on his head and hands. He was slumped between railroad tracks in an industrial district just south of Georgia Avenue and Industrial Boulevard, according to police. Paramedics declared Hines dead at the scene.

Dexter Barnard Pulliam is charged with murder.
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Dexter Barnard Pulliam is charged with murder.

Investigators say Pulliam and Hines were acquaintances who both lived at a homeless encampment in the area.

Police developed Pulliam as a suspect after interviewing numerous people and analyzing forensic evidence, according to the department.

“As always, we share our deepest condolences to those affected by this crime,” Gainesville police Chief Jay Parrish said in a statement. “Anytime a member of this community is the victim of a heinous act of violence, it impacts us all. We at the Gainesville Police Department will always be the voice for those who are the victims of such crimes.”

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