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Teen surrenders in Macon shooting; Marietta murder suspect stabbed man 32 times

Teen accused of shooting man multiple times in Macon surrenders and a Cobb County murder suspect was arrested in Ohio, officials said.
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A Macon teen was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly shot a man multiple times during an argument at a home in Bibb County.

The shooting happened around 11:20 p.m. at the home in the 1000 block of Ash Street, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses told investigators that 22-year-old Glenwood Van Lee Lamar was shot during an argument, officials said. The suspect, 18-year-old James Jereal Watson, then fled the scene, but around 12:30 a.m. he turned himself in to deputies and was placed in the Bibb County jail Thursday on a charge of aggravated assault, officials said.

Lamar was transported to the hospital where he was in stable condition Thursday, deputies said. It’s unclear what the two were arguing about and deputies have not said if the gun used in the shooting has been recovered.

Anyone with information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 751-7500 and ask to leave a message for the “on call” investigator or call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at (877) 682-7463.

Marietta Murder Suspect Arrested in Ohio

Police have identified a murder suspect who they said stabbed a man 32 times earlier this year at the victim’s Cobb County home. But they said he was already arrested in Ohio on an unrelated charge.

Johnathan Allan Wheeler, 31, of Stockbridge, was in custody Thursday in Macedonia, according to the Cobb County police. Once Wheeler is returned to Georgia he faces charges of murder and aggravated assault in the death of 46-year-old Jerry Moore, police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said Wednesday.

Moore was found dead on Jan. 27 around 6:40 p.m. by a neighbor inside his home at 2808 Gracewood Drive, off Holly Springs Road in Marietta, Pierce said. He had been stabbed 32 times, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“A female neighbor saw the door open and became curious,” Sgt. Pierce said. “She went over there and discovered the body inside.”

Moore, an Ohio native who worked for Disney Vacations and was a co-owner of a Woodstock bakery, had been stabbed 32 times with a sharp instrument, officials said.

“The house appeared to be in disarray,” Pierce said. “It was a very graphic crime scene.” There were signs of a physical struggle and blood splatter, he said.

It’s unclear how long he had been dead before he was found that Sunday. Police have declined to comment on whether the murder weapon was found and if there were any signs of forced entry. It’s also unclear if they have determined the motive for the murder. Still, investigators said the evidence they found and the leads they accumulated led to Wheeler as the suspect and last Friday, they issued the warrants for his arrest.

Investigators relied on cell phone data and statements to a witness to file charges against Wheeler, the paper reported.

“The accused’s cell phone data puts him at the location of the incident scene during the time of the murder,” according to the arrest warrant. “Further, the accused made admissions to a witness, and the accused’s weapon of choice for prior crimes including robbery has been a knife.”

Wheeler spent nearly nine years in state prison following a conviction for armed robbery, aggravated assault and attempted armed robbery, the paper reported. It's unknown when Wheeler will be extradicted to Georgia to face the charges.