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Man Killed in DUI Wreck in Monroe County

A McDonough man was killed early Tuesday when the truck he was riding in left the road and overturned on Highway 42 near Blount Road in Monroe County.

The accident happened around 1:30 a.m, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's office.

Michael Wayne Lindler, 56, was partially ejected from the passenger window of a 1999 Chevy Silverado pickup.

Deputies say the truck was driven by Jonathan Elijah Watson, 46, who was injured in the wreck. The men were not wearing seatbelts.

Watson is being charged with DUI, no seatblet and vehicular homicide. He is still being treated for his injuries at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Lindler's body was sent to the GBI Crime Lab for autopsy. The crash remains under investigation.

Three Arrested in Monroe Co. Double Homicide

Three people have been arrested and charged with murder in the double-homicide case in Monroe County.

A fourth person has been charged with murder but has not been arrested yet, according to a release.

Sameeria Rikiea Carter, 16, Marquez Deshawn Martin, 19, and Jordan Keaugh Maxwell, 18, all of Macon, have been arrested, according to the Monroe sheriff's department.

They are charged with the murder of Russell Jacobs and James Pittman, who were found dead in their Monroe County home last Tuesday.

The sheriff's department says they are still searching for the fourth suspect, 17-year-old Dave'von Sapp of Macon.

The four are all associated with the gang, Money Over Everything, also known as MOE, the sheriff's department says.

Autopsy Complete in Monroe Co. Double Homicide

by Tom George, 13WMAZ.com


- James Pittman Wood, 40, and Russell Jacobs, 36, were found dead Tuesday afternoon.

- An autopsy shows the two died from gunshot wounds. The Sheriff says robbery is the likely motive.

- The sheriff's office hasn't said what led to the killings but Wood and Jacobs were reportedly at Billy's Clubhouse Monday night.

Thursday, the Monroe County Sheriff's office announced an autopsy had been completed in Tuesday's double homicide.

The autopsy found that 40-year old James Pittman Wood and his brother-in-law 36-year old Russell Jacobs died from gunshot wounds. 

Wood's elderly father found the two men Tuesday afternoon at the home they shared off of Pea Ridge Road near Juliette.

Some in the community say they were surprised by the case, since most neighborhoods are rural and quiet.

Sheriff: Robbery May be Motive in Double Killling

Monroe County's sheriff says a robbery may be the motive in Monday's double homicide of Russell Jacobs and James Pittman Wood.

Jacobs, 36, and Wood, 40, were found dead in their home on Woods Road, near Juliette, around 1 p.m. Tuesday.

They were reportedly found dead by Woods' father, who also lives there.

A news release from Sheriff John Cary Bittick say they're following several leads and that the double killing may have resulted from a robbery.

The news release did not describe any details.

The victims' bodies are scheduled for autopsies at a GBI crime lab to determine the cause of death.

Anyone with information on this case can call the Monroe County Sheriff's Office at 478-994-7043.

Monroe Co. Investigates Double Homicide

Monroe County deputies right now are on the scene of an apparent double homicide.

The sheriff's department has also put out a call asking for the public's help in finding a red pickup truck, possibly a Ford or Chevy late model, that may be connected.

They say the pickup has no tag.

Anyone who sees the pickup should call the sheriff's department at 478-994-7043.

The sheriff's department has not released any further information on the homicides.

But officers have blocked off Woods Road, off Pea Ridge Road, near Bolingbroke. They're checking the licenses of people coming and going from the street, saying it's in connection with the double-homicide investigation at a Woods Road home.

A GBI crime-scene van is parked outside 170 Woods Road, along with several Monroe County vehicles. 

Three Arrested After Chase in Monroe, Bibb

Two suspects involved in a chase in Monroe County were caught after a six hour search that began around 11:00 Tuesday morning.

A Monroe County deputy attempted to stop a speeding Dodge Charger on I-75 south bound near mile marker 179. The car was traveling 85 mph in a 65 mph zone. The driver of the car refused to stop and continued driving south on I-75 into Bibb County at times reaching speeds of over 120.

The Monroe County deputy attempted to execute a PIT maneuver to stop the speeding car near Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. but the car spun around and began traveling north in the southbound lane of I-75 in a construction zone.

Shortly thereafter the car crossed the grassy median to the northbound side of I-75 and continued driving back into Monroe County. As the chase neared Pate Road, Monroe deputies attempted to employ stop sticks to deflate the tires of the car. The car, in an attempt to avoid the stop sticks, crashed in a ditch.

Man Convicted in 2008 Warner Robins Murder

Stewart Brannon will serve life in prison, without parole, after being convicted today for his role in a Warner Robins murder in 2008.

Houston Superior Court Judge Katherine Lumsden sentenced Stewart Brannon in the fatal shooting of Mario Smith after a four- day jury trial that began on Monday.

Brannon was found guilty on one count malice murder, two counts felony murder, one count armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault.

Houston DA George Hartwig says Brannon was the getaway driver when co-defendant Joshua Rounsoville shot and killed Smith and then stole his customized car, a 1987 Monte Carlo.

The two men met with Smith under the pretext of test driving and potentially buying a car that the man had advertised in an auto trader magazine, Hartwig said.

Rounsoville shot Smith in the head at close range with a 9 mm pistol and left his body in the car storage unit on Watson Boulevard, according to the DA.