(VitalNews.org) – Three teenagers from Georgia have been arrested after a man was found dead in the street outside his home. Sydney Maughon and Jeremy Munson, both aged 18, and McKenzie Davenport, 19, have all been charged with criminal trespass, malice murder, and battery for their alleged attack on Jonathan Gilbert. Gilbert, who was also known as Tyler Lane, was identified by the use of a fingerprint scan after the teens allegedly left him dead in the middle of the road.
The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying that as part of a “lovers’ quarrel” that was ongoing, the three teens decided to drive to Gilbert’s house and vandalize it by throwing eggs at it. Gilbert was home at the time and became aware of eggs being thrown at his property. He stepped out of his house, unarmed, in order to confront the vandals. It is alleged that Maughan was in fact armed, and shot Gilbert several times, killing him. Maughan, Munson, and McKenzie then fled the scene by car together.
While Maughan has been named as the only alleged shooter, both Munson and Maughan face additional charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and the Sherriff’s Office has made it clear that all three have been charged with the murder. Darrell Dix, Spalding County Sherriff, explained that as all three are alleged to have conspired and traveled to the scene together, and all three took part in the vandalism that led to the fatal confrontation, all three will have to be treated as being culpable for the man’s death.
Spalding County’s Sherriff Office is still conducting an active investigation into the homicide and has held back from releasing further details. No further information about the nature of the so-called “lovers’ quarrel” has been shared, nor has any explanation been given as to why Ms. Maughan’s additional charge of battery has been classified as “family violence”.
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