Three teenagers from Georgia face murder charges following a tragic turn of events during a misguided plan to egg a house. The incident occurred in Griffin, where an “ongoing lover’s quarrel” took a fatal twist, culminating in gunfire, Your Content has learned.
According to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a distress call reporting a “man down” on Dobbins Mill Road. Upon arrival, they discovered the lifeless body of Johnathan Gilbert, who had been shot and killed. The authorities identified the three individuals responsible for the crime as 18-year-old Sydney Maughon, 19-year-old Jeremy Munson, and 19-year-old McKenzie Davenport.
Sheriff Darrell Dix provided further details, explaining that the trio had been engaged in vandalizing Gilbert’s property when he confronted them. Fleeing to their car, Maughon, who was seated in the back, retrieved a firearm and proceeded to shoot Gilbert multiple times. The assailants then hastily drove away, leaving Gilbert’s lifeless body behind.
Although the motive remains undisclosed, authorities speculate that the incident was connected to the “ongoing lovers quarrel.” Investigating detectives traced a cellphone number associated with one of the suspects to a neighboring county, leading local police to locate the vehicle believed to have been involved in the crime. During a subsequent search, a firearm was recovered from the car.
All three teenagers now face charges of malice murder, battery, and criminal trespassing. Additionally, Maughon and Munson have been charged with murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
While Sheriff Dix attributes the shooting primarily to Maughon, he holds all three individuals accountable for Gilbert’s murder due to their collective intent to commit a crime during the ill-fated prank. Dix stated, “They went to egg a house, the victim confronted them while they were doing it, he lost his life, and they drove off and left his body in the middle of the road. Together they bought that ticket; now together they can ride that ride.”
As of now, court records for the teenagers are unavailable, and it remains unclear whether they have secured legal representation. Records from the county’s correctional facility indicate that Maughon, Munson, and Davenport are currently held in pretrial detention, according to NBC News.