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Two scares in the middle of the night: Another incident preceded Ronald Westbrook shooting death

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Jason Westbrook holds his father Ronald Westbrook's medical I.D. bracelet that he says his father was wearing when the Alzheimer's patient was shot and killed in the yard of a house in Chickamauga Nov. 27. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press Jason Westbrook holds his father Ronald Westbrook's medical I.D. bracelet that he says his father was wearing when the Alzheimer's patient was shot and killed in the yard of a house in Chickamauga Nov. 27. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press
72-year-old Ronald Westbrook (center) with family. 72-year-old Ronald Westbrook (center) with family.
WALKER COUNTY, GA (Times Free Press) -

A week before he killed a man with Alzheimer's disease in his backyard, Joe Hendrix and his girlfriend received a scare in the middle of the night.

Around 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 19, the girlfriend was home with her two children when a stranger knocked on the front door, said Hendrix's lawyer, Lee Davis. Hendrix, 34, was not home at the time.

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The stranger demanded to see someone else, someone the girlfriend did not know -- evidently, someone who lived at 188 Cottage Crest Court before Hendrix and his girlfriend moved in about three days earlier.

The Walker County Sheriff's Office has not released the identity of Hendrix's girlfriend. On Thursday, however, Sheriff Steve Wilson confirmed Davis' account.

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