Three Georgia teenagers have been arrested in connection with the murder of a man following an incident involving egging his house on Monday.
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The suspects, identified as Sydney Maughon, 18, Jeremy Munson, 18 and McKenzie Davenport, 19, have been charged with malice murder, battery, and criminal trespass. Maughon and Munson also face additional charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
The victim, identified as Jonathan Gilbert, also known as Tyler Lane, tragically lost his life as a result of the confrontation. The authorities discovered his lifeless body in the middle of the road after Spalding County sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident.
According to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, the motive behind this horrifying act was an ongoing “lovers’ quarrel” involving the victim. The suspects, fueled by this dispute, reportedly decided to take matters into their own hands by vandalizing Gilbert’s residence with eggs.
“It appears there was an ongoing lovers’ quarrel, and the suspects decided to go to Gilbert’s residence on Dobbins Mill and vandalize it by egging it,” a statement released by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office shared. “When Gilbert saw what they were doing to his residence, he came out of the house unarmed to confront them.”
However, as Gilbert approached the suspects, Maughon allegedly opened fire, fatally shooting him multiple times. The suspects hastily fled the scene in a vehicle after the heinous act.
Although Maughon is believed to have pulled the trigger, the sheriff’s office holds all three suspects accountable due to their joint participation in the crime.
“Because they all plotted and planned together, and traveled to the location with the intent to commit a crime that led up to the murder together, they are all just as culpable as if they had each pulled the trigger themselves,” the press release clarified.
“They went to egg a house, the victim confronted them while they were doing it, he lost his life, and they drove off and left his body in the middle of the road. Together they bought that ticket; now together they can ride that ride,” the release added.