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PERRY — Perry Police are investigating a bizarre event in which more than seven witnesses can't identify who stabbed a man 12 times during a fight, according to Capt. Heath Dykes.

Dykes said William Taylor, 35, is in stable condition at The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, where he has been since early Monday. After interviewing Taylor, the man he was fighting with and several people who jumped into the fight, police don't know who stabbed Taylor, Dykes said.

The incident unwound like this, according to Dykes:

Taylor, Rickey Barrett, 29, and two women returned to Perry at about 1 a.m. Monday. While they were getting out of a car at a Jeanne Street residence, Barrett's girlfriend noticed her electronic tablet was missing. Barrett asked Taylor and another man who took it.

Taylor denied he did while brandishing a gun. He and Barrett began to fight. Family members and friends at the house jumped into the fight.

Taylor came out of the fight with 12 stab wounds. His family rushed him to the local emergency room, where he was transported to Macon.

"Nobody saw a knife," Dykes said. "Nobody saw him get stabbed."

A knife has been sent for preliminary testing to confirm whether it was used to stab Taylor, according to Dykes.


Cops: Son shoots, kills dad at Henry County business

JONESBORO — An adult son allegedly shot and killed his 79-year-old father at the family's auto parts business Wednesday afternoon in Henry County. Then, the son called police and admitted what he had done, according to police.

The shooting happened around 3:30 at the Morgan Auto Parts store on Ga. 138 in Stockbridge, Major Jason Bolton with Henry police told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Other family members and employees watched as John Wesley Morgan was shot multiple times during an altercation with one of his sons at the store, Bolton said. Morgan was found dead behind the store when officers arrived.

The alleged shooter, whose name was not released, called 911 to report the shooting and was sitting at a desk when officers at the scene, Bolton said. The son surrendered to police.

"The victim's son was on scene upon arrival of police and is now speaking with detectives, along with several witnesses," Bolton said in an emailed statement.

The son was taken to police headquarters. It was not immediately known if charges were pending, Bolton said.

Family members declined to speak about the incident outside the business Wednesday night.

Police had been called to the business previously due to gunshots being fired, Bolton said. No further information about those incidents was available.

Morgan had owned the business for decades, address records show.

David Gentry said he had worked at the shop off and on for 20 years and was working when he heard gunshots. Gentry said he had never known the father and son to argue and was shocked at what happened.

"I don't know what snapped him or whatever," Gentry said of Morgan's son. "It was straight out of the blue."


Baby killing trial possible in August

BRUNSWICK — Sherry West is pleased to see how quickly the case against the five people indicted in connection with the murder of her 13-month-old son is moving through Glynn County Superior Court.

At a status conference hearing Wednesday, Brunswick Judicial Circuit Judge Stephen Kelley tentatively scheduled a trial date of Aug. 19 for the two teenagers accused of killing her infant son, Antonio Santiago.

De'Marquise Elkins, 17, and Dominique Lang, 15, are accused of murder in the shooting of the infant while he was in a stroller and wounding West on March 21 at the intersection of London and Ellis streets. Elkins is indicted as the alleged shooter in what police say was a robbery attempt.

"So far, I am satisfied that we might get a trial soon," West said outside the courtroom following the hearing she attended.

She walked with a slight limp, still recovering from the surgery she said she underwent a few weeks ago to remove the .22-caliber bullet that had been lodged above her left knee since the shootings.

Elkins and Lang were indicted for murder by a Glynn County Grand Jury on March 27. The indictment also charges them with cruelty to children, aggravated assault and attempted armed robbery for their alleged roles in the botched robbery of West as she and her son returned to their Union Street apartment from a trip to the Post Office.

The same March 27 indictment charges Elkins' mother, Karimah Elkins, 36, and aunt, Katrina Elkins, 33, with making false statements to police for allegedly giving investigators a false alibi for De'Marquise Elkins' whereabouts at the time of the shootings.

Karimah Elkins is also charged in the indictment, along with her daughter, Sabrina Elkins, 19, with evidence tampering for allegedly disposing of the .22-caliber revolver De'Marquise Elkins is accused of using.

All five defendants sat with their individual lawyers Wednesday at an L-shaped table to Kelley's left while the lawyers discussed how the case will progress over the next few months.

Kelley asked defense lawyers and prosecutors to get together to discuss how a requested change of venue to try the case outside of Glynn County would work and to bring suggestions to him. He has the final say in any change of venue, and said he intends to keep the trial in Glynn County, but select a jury from another county.

There are five counties in the Brunswick Judicial Circuit. In addition to Glynn, they are Camden, Jeff Davis, Wayne and Appling counties, with Jeff Davis being the most distant.

West said she is OK with holding the trial here as long as the jury is selected from somewhere else. She said she is worried someone who is friends with the defendants might end up on the jury if jurors are picked locally.

Before jury selection can begin, the question of whether all five defendants will be tried together must be answered.

Lang's attorney, Kimberly Copeland, filed a motion April 3 asking that her client be tried separately from De'Marquise Elkins, because, among other reasons, she intends to call Elkins as a witness.

Special prosecutor Andrew Ekonomou of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney's office said the prosecution has no objections to a separate trial for Lang. Prosecutors also have no objection to a separate trial for Katrina Elkins, but he told Kelley the state intends to try Karimah Elkins and Sabrina Elkins together with De'Marquise Elkins.

Jonathan Lockwood, a court-appointed lawers representing De'Marquise Elkins, said he could not respond Wednesday to Ekonomou's intentions, because he had not seen the potential evidence prosecutors might seek to introduce at a trial.

After the hearing, prosecutors gave lawyers for all five defendants tall stacks of CDs containing potential evidence collected by the state. Not included in the potential evidence was a large amount of surveillance video from Brunswick Housing Authority cameras that has not been reduced to what the prosecution might seek to use as evidence.

For the time being, defense lawyers will have to make an appointment to see the video at the Glynn County Police Department, but Kelley asked prosecutors to do what they can to cut the video to what will be submitted.

Kelley also said he will not issue a gag order in the case but asked both prosecutors and defense attorneys to carefully consider any statements they make outside of the courtroom.

West had said the day after the murder that she was planning to move back to her hometown in New Jersey to be with family members, but said Wednesday has not completed the arrangements. She said she is planning to move as soon as she can.