Sixth homicide victim of 2008 named by NCSO
Murder occurred on Trelawney Circle
The Newton County Sheriff’s Office recently released the name of the victim in Saturday’s homicide, the sixth in Newton County for 2008.
Fernando Gonzalez, 29, was allegedly killed by his room mate Abel Torres, 28, at their house on 170 Trelawney Circle early Saturday morning, according to the NCSO and Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Torres was arrested just hours later by local authorities in Birmingham, Ala., on a bus headed to California and is awaiting extradition to Newton County.
Two other men staying at the house fled the scene and flagged down a Georgia State Patrol trooper around 4:50 a.m. and communicated that their friend had just been murdered, according to GBI spokesperson John Bankhead.
When NCSO deputies went to the house, they found the front door open and Gonzales’ body inside.
Torres was gone but all the occupants’ cars were still at the house. Jerry Carter, an investigator with the District Attorney’s office, came up with the idea of checking the taxi manifests, according to NCSO spokesperson Investigator Sharron Stewart.
According to Carpenter, the county was expected to visit states such as Michigan and Ohio in search of viable candidates.
Sams’ selection marks the first major hire under Carpenter’s direction and Superintendent Steven Whatley said the BOE is excited to land such a qualified administrator.
“ We are pleased to have as principal of Newton High, a person of Dr. Sams’ caliber,” he said in a press release. “ His current superintendent best describes him as a hard worker, a deep thinker, but a man with a caring spirit.”
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