Brothers Charged with Murder in Motor Vehicle Death
Rabun County, Georgia (December 15, 2017) – On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia State Patrol, and the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jesse Reeves Smith, 22 years of age, of 238 Gipson Lane, Lakemont, Rabun County, Georgia and his brother, James Cody Smith, 22 years of age, of 259 Gipson Lane, Lakemont, Rabun County, Georgia, for murder. This case stemmed from a motor vehicle wreck which resulted in the death of Marshall Wayne Turpin, 18 years of age. Jesse Reeves Smith was arrested at the Rabun County Jail where he was incarcerated on unrelated charges. Jesse Reeves Smith was charged with one count of felony murder, four counts of aggravated assault, and one count of making false statements. James Cody Smith was taken into custody by the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office and charged with one count of felony murder and four counts of aggravated assault. The brothers are currently incarcerated at the Rabun County jail awaiting court proceedings.
The charges stem from an incident occurring on July 14, 2017 on East Wolf Creek Road in Rabun County during which a vehicle occupied by the Smith brothers intentionally struck a vehicle occupied by Turpin which resulted in the fatal crash.
The arrests come as a result of a six month investigation conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia State Patrol, the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office. The investigation remains active and ongoing. All parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Police are investigating a hit and run which occurred Friday night, August 12th at approximately 10:40 pm. FYN spoke with the sister of the 18 year old man who was struck while searching for his phone on the service road which runs by the Walmart in Gilmer County. The hit and run left the young man with a fractured skull and eye socket. Authorities were called and the victim was transported to Kennestone Hospital where he was treated and kept overnight.
Witnesses describe the car involved in the hit and run as a dark colored, newer model Chevrolet Camaro possibly dark blue or black. Police and family members are asking for the public’s help in locating the vehicle. The victim’s sister has this plea for the public,
Please let us know if you have any information about this person, he(she) needs to be held responsible for what he did to my brother.
Be on the lookout for a dark colored car which likely has damage to the hood. Anyone with any information should contact local authorities. FetchYourNews.com will update as additional information becomes available.