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Shooting leads to murder charges

A Thomson man is dead and another stands charged with murder following a Thanksgiving eve shooting.

Michael Johnson, 27, was charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the shooting death of Todd Brooks, 36, who was pronounced dead at McDuffie Regional Medical Center at about 9:30 p.m. last Wednesday night.

Mr. Johnson, of the 2100 block of Wrens Highway, had been in custody on an "investigative hold" since the Wednesday incident.

Initially, authorities wouldn't release any details of what led to the incident because investigators had received conflicting witness statements and are still looking into the matter. Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the McDuffie County Sheriff's office are investigating the homicide.

On Monday, the chain of events leading up to the death became a little clearer.

According to Gary Nicholson, special agent in charge of the GBI's Thomson office, Mr. Brooks knew Mr. Johnson. He said Mr. Brooks had driven to Mr. Johnson's residence to look for a deer that had been struck by a family member's car.

While at the home, the two men began fighting, and Mr. Brooks was shot multiple times with a handgun.

McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall said his office responded to a 911 call around 7:45 Wednesday evening from a 17-year-old woman who was also at the Johnson home when the shooting took place. He said officers were on the scene within five minutes.

The 17-year-old was initially taken into police custody, but was not charged with any crime, authorities said.

More than 400 people came to Sweetwater Baptist Church Sunday afternoon for Mr. Brooks' funeral. He is survived by his wife, Missy and their three children, ages 3, 7 and 10.

Morris News Service and WTHO reports were used in this article.


1) Michael Johnson

Web posted on Thursday, November 30, 2006

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