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UPDATE: Walker County man charged with felony murder after 2015 shooting

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UPDATE: A Walker County trial jury convicted Michael James Gobert Friday of felony murder, aggravated assault and other counts in the October 19, 2015 incident outside his stepdaughter's home in Rock Springs.

An argument escalated into a fight between Nicole Carroll and three male visitors.

Gobert awake to the fracas, came outside and fired at the vehicle leaving the property. The shots fatally wounded Johnny Montgomery, one of the three men.

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According to District Attorney Herbert 'Buzz" Franklin, Montgomery slumped over the steering wheel and the car crashed into an outbuilding.

One of the shots struck Edrius Putnam, the front seat passenger, in his right leg.  Putnam jumped from the vehicle after it came to a stop and fled behind the outbuilding.  The Defendant said he fired shots at Putnam as he fled.  Deisman Harrison was located in the rear seat and was not struck by any of the 15 bullets which were fired at the car.  

Gobert raced to car and demanded that Harrison get out of the car and on his knees.  Gobert the berated Harrison as he begged for his life, accroding to a new release from the DA. 


PREVIOUS STORY: The Walker County Sheriff's Office says that three men, identified as Johnny J. “JJ” Montgomery, Edrius J. Putman and Deisman Harrison came to the home of Nicole Carroll late Monday night. 

That’s when Putman and Carroll got into an argument. During the argument, Putman apparently threw a humidifier at Carroll and hitting her in the head.

The resulting argument woke Carroll’s stepfather, Michael James Gobert, and her mother.

The Goberts came outside, and each fired one shot into the ground according to the WCSO. 

The warning shots caused the three men to run to their vehicle and get inside.

When the driver, Johnny J. “JJ” Montgomery II, tried to back the vehicle out of the driveway and leave, Gobert fired his .40 caliber handgun about 14 times at Montgomery’s vehicle.
 
One bullet struck Montgomery in the head and killing him. A second bullet struck Putman in the leg, resulting in a superficial injury.  The third occupant in the vehicle, Deisman Harrison, was not struck.
 
Michael James Gobert, age 52, was arrested and charged with one count of murder and two counts aggravated assault.
 
Edrius Jamel Putman, age 30, of Harrison, Tennessee, was arrested and charged with one count simple battery against Carroll.
 
Montgomery’s body will be transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime lab in Decatur, Georgia, for an autopsy.
 
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Walker County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation. 


PREVIOUS STORY: A Walker County man is facing a homicide charge after shooting at three men visiting his stepdaughter late Monday night.

Michael James Gobert, 52, is charged after the shooting around 11 p.m. on his property at 1249 Straight Gut Road.

Sheriff Steve Wilson says three men had come to his stepdaughter's mobile home to party Monday night. Her residence is located on Gobert's property and behind his house.

Wilson says an argument broke out inside the mobile home and one man threw a humidifier and hit the stepdaughter in the head. The verbal altercation spilled into the yard and woke up Gobert.

Gobert, armed with .40 caliber Glock, fired a warning shot and the three men got into a car to leave the property.

Gobert then fired 10-15 rounds in the direction of the car. Wilson says he was approximately 30 feet away as he was firing and says evidence will show he was charging the vehicle as it tried to leave.

One man was shot in the head and pronounced dead. Another man was hit in the leg but will recover and the third man was not hit by the gunfire.

Under Georgia law, Sheriff Wilson says this was not a justifiable use of deadly force because he was not in immediate threat of bodily harm.

Gobert is cooperating with detectives and was booked overnight at the Walker County jail. His wife also fired a warning shot in the ground but did not shoot at the car and Wilson says she will not be charged.

The victim is believed to be from North Georgia but his name will not be released until all immediate family has been notified of the death.

Stay with Channel 3 for updates on this homicide.

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