GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — Three people have been charged with murder in Georgia after one of them shot a man who confronted them about egging his home, authorities said.
The suspects, two 18-year-old boys and a 19-year-old boy, wanted to vandalize Johnathan Gilbert’s home about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Atlanta as part of an “ongoing lovers’ feud,” the sheriff’s office said. Spalding County, Darrell Dix. in a press release on Friday. The statement did not elaborate on the dispute or say how old Gilbert was.
The vandals went to the Griffin home on July 3 but ran back to their car when Gilbert, who was unarmed, confronted them, according to the sheriff’s office.
A rear seat passenger, 18-year-old Sydney Maughon, shot Gilbert multiple times before the suspects drove off, Dix said.
Maughon, Jeremy Munson, 18; and McKenzie Davenport, 19; They have been charged with felony homicide. Although Munson and Davenport did not shoot Gilbert, they traveled to his home to commit a crime that led to his death, making them “all guilty as if they each pulled the trigger,” Dix said.
A call to the sheriff’s office Tuesday to see if the suspects had attorneys or had pleaded guilty was not immediately returned.