A man is dead in east Alabama and a Georgia teen in custody after a weekend shooting in Cherokee County.
Sheriff Jeff Shaver late Sunday night said the homicide happened overnight Saturday at a home in the Salem community. Deputies and investigators responded to the home where they found the victim - described only as a white male - with a gunshot wound to the head.
Cherokee County Coroner Jeremy Deaton pronounced the man dead at the scene.
Shaver said sheriff's office investigators assigned to the Major Crimes Unit, as well as coroner's officials and the Jacksonville State University Center for Applied Forensics, processed the crime scene.
The suspect - 19-year-old Matthew Gonzalez - was taken into custody early Sunday morning by the Georgia State Patrol on a DUI charge. Cherokee County Chief Investigator Josh Summerford and Investigator Michael Green interviewed Gonzalez at the Paulding County Sheriff's Office in Georgia, Shaver said.
In addition to the DUI, Gonzalez, of Cedartown, Gal., was charged by Georgia troopers with violating the open container law, driving without a license and cited for a taillight violation. He was booked into the Paulding County Jail at 4:07 a.m., and remains jailed on bonds totaling $2,466.50.
Shaver said Gonzalez is charged with capital murder in Alabama and will be extradited back to Cherokee County. No additional information was released....Read more