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 […]

Chantell Mixon to serve three years in connection with GPD Officer Kevin Jordan’s murder

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Despicable – that is the description Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker ascribes to the actions of Chantell Mixon, who stood accused in the May 2014 murder of Griffin Police Department Officer Kevin Jordan and today plead guilty in Spalding County Superior Court. Mixon on Monday appeared before Superior Court […]

Man charged with murder in Monday domestic related shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Johnny Johnson Jr., age 53, has been formally charged in connection with the Monday night shooting death of 57-year-old Joanne Redding. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Monday responded to a 508 Terry Drive residence where Redding was located. WellStar Spalding Regional Emergency Medical Services responded, but Redding was pronounced deceased […]

Sheriff: Woman murdered in Monday night shooting

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred Monday night that resulted in one death. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies responded to 508 Terry Drive at approximately 7:40 p.m. in response to a reported shooting. Upon their arrival, they discovered a female victim inside the residence. The scene […]

Husband charged with murder in death of Sandy Cherry

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Earl Cherry in the alleged murder of Sandy Cherry, of 104 Pine Glen Mobile Home Park located at 1795 N. McDonough Road. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies received a request to conduct a welfare check at that location on […]

Defense: Michael Bowman’s “broken brain made him pull the trigger”

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: In her opening argument, Michael Bowman’s defense attorney said her client is not guilty of any of the charges he faces in the May 31, 2014, shooting death of Officer Kevin Jordan, of the Griffin Police Department. According to Amber Pittman, a trial attorney of the Georgia Capital Defender Office, Bowman, […]

Lamar County man charged with murdering his mother

STAFF REPORTS ::: David Lewis McGuire Jr., of 157 Liz Acres Road in Lamar County, has been arrested and charged with murder in relation to the death of his mother, Elaine McGuire. According to information released by the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a call to that location at approximately 9:30 a.m. Sept. 15, […]

Local businessman arrested, charged in Sunday morning murder

STAFF REPORTS ::: Local businessman Timothy Watkins has been arrested in Clayton County in connection to the shooting death of Kenneth Marshall Jr. Officers of the Clayton County Police Department responded to the 9900 block of Chappell Lane at approximately 1:20 a.m. Sunday in reference to a person shot. Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered […]

Friday home invasion, murder victim identified

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is actively investigating a Friday night murder that occurred at approximately 9 p.m. at 223 W. Tinsley St. The victim has been identified as 49-year-old Walter Horton, of Griffin. Horton was transported to the emergency room of Spalding Regional Hospital where he later succumbed to his wounds. […]

GPD: Friday night murder was home invasion

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is actively investigating a Friday night murder that occurred at 223 W. Tinsley St. Officials have not yet released the deceased’s identity, saying only that the victim was a male. Lt. Mike Richardson, of the GPD Criminal Investigation Division, said two suspects are being sought. “Right now, it’s looking […]

GPD investigating Tinsley Street murder

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is currently investigating a shooting that occurred Friday night at 223 W. Tinsley St. The Grip has confirmed that one male victim was killed in the incident. Publisher’s note: Updates will be posted as additional information becomes available.

Shane Collett sentenced for murder of nine-year-old Skylar Dials

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Shane Clifton Collett has been convicted on six charges including malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, first degree cruelty to children and concealing the death of another. The jury deliberated approximately one hour before announcing a verdict had been reached. Superior Court Judge Tommy Hankinson followed the sentencing […]