Family member charged with murder of off-duty Coweta deputy

STAFF REPORT ::: One man has been arrested in connection to the Tuesday, April 30, 2019, shooting death of 25-year-old Edmond Irvin, an off-duty deputy of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. According to a press release issued by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the GBI was requested to investigate by the Palmetto Police Department. Authorities […]

Woman charged in boyfriend’s murder claimed shooting was unintentional

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The suspect in the Wednesday night domestic-related homicide of 23-year-old Steven Andrew Freeman claimed the shooting was accidental. Freeman was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest. According to the incident report submitted by Griffin Police Department Master Patrol Officer Brian Earls, 24-year-old Mary Katherine Higdon, who has been […]

Griffin man pleads guilty to domestic violence related murder

STAFF REPORT ::: Johnny Johnson has plead guilty to the April 17, 2017, murder of Joanne Redding, who was then identified as his fiancé. Johnson inflicted multiple gunshot wounds upon Redding, and remained at the scene where he was taken into custody. According to a press release issued by Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben […]

GBI: Timothy Coggins sustained dozens of stab, slash wounds and lacerations; was drug behind vehicle

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Sworn testimony given in the Thursday morning preliminary hearing of Frankie Gebhardt and William “Bill” Moore Sr. provided graphic details of the 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins, a crime authorities say was racially motivated. Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Jared Coleman testified that Coggins sustained numerous horrific wounds at the […]

Two defendants bound over to stand trial in 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Frankie Gebhardt and William Moore Sr., the two men charged with the 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins, were on Thursday morning bound over to stand trial in Spalding County Superior Court. Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Jared Coleman was the lone witness in the preliminary hearing held before Chief Spalding […]

Bond denied for two men charged with 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins

STAFF REPORT ::: Two men arrested and charged with the 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins – Franklin Gebhardt and William Moore Sr. – have been denied bond. According to the office of Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker, Gebhardt and Moore Sr. were on Monday denied bond by Superior Court Judge W. Fletcher Sams. […]

Five arrested in connection with brutal 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office announce that arrests have been made in the 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins. Coggins was murdered in October 1983 on Manley Road. He suffered multiple forms of trauma that resulted in his death. Brutally murdered, his […]

Reward being offered for information in Thursday home invasion, murder

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is now offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the Thursday morning murder of 36-year-old Quentin D. Poole. Poole sustained multiple gunshot wounds in what authorities are describing as a “likely” home invasion that occurred at approximately 1 […]

Murder victim identified

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department has identified the victim in an early Thursday murder as 36-year-old Quentin D. Poole. According to GPD Chief Mike Yates, Poole sustained multiple gunshot wounds during what appears to be a home invasion at 815 Slaton Avenue. The incident was reported to authorities at approximately 1 a.m. […]

Police: Home invasion, murder appear to be drug-related

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is reporting an apparent home invasion has resulted in the death of a Griffin man. Authorities are not yet releasing the victim’s identity pending notification of his next of kin. “We’re having some difficulty with that,” Yates said. According to GPD Chief Mike Yates, the incident occurred […]

BREAKING NEWS: GPD investigating homicide, “likely” home invasion

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed the Griffin Police Department is actively investigating a murder. GPD Chief Mike Yates was contacted after The GRIP received information that the murder had occurred during the commission of a home invasion. Yates confirmed the homicide and said “home invasion likely.” The GRIP is actively following this case […]

Sheriff: 34-year-old cold case reopened and under active investigation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), in cooperation with Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker’s Office, have reopened the investigation in to the 34-year-old cold case murder of Timothy Coggins. Timothy Coggins’ body was found on a power line off Minter Road in Sunnyside […]

Saturday murder suspect remains at large

STAFF REPORT ::: Authorities are investigating the Saturday murder of a Griffin man, Jontavian Davis. According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, the incident occurred at approximately 1:11 a.m. Saturday at 828 Scales St. Details of the incident are still being investigated, but authorities have confirmed Davis sustained multiple gunshot wounds from a […]

Woman pleads guilty to murder in death of paraplegic man abandoned in woods

STAFF REPORT ::: Ruby Kate Coursey has plead guilty to murder in the death of Troymaine Johnson, a paraplegic who died after being abandoned in a wooded area. According to a press release issued by Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker, the guilty plea before Judge Christopher Edwards was entered Tuesday in Upson County […]

Murder suspect apprehended by SCSO

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Friday night apprehended a murder suspect being sought in connection to a 2016 homicide. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, personnel of the Special Operations Unit and Warrant Division were on patrol in the area of 615 Northside Drive at approximately 8 […]