Sixth homi­cide vic­tim of 2008 named by NCSO

Mur­der oc­curred on Trelawney Cir­cle

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Michelle Kim

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.”

Gheesling leaves for North Hall High School in Hall County af­ter six years at New­ton High, serv­ing the last three as prin­ci­pal.

Rut & Strut pre­serves wildlife: Taxi­dermy shop also pro­cesses fresh game

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