Cherokee County NC Sheriff’s Office investigating Murder


Murphy, NC— On September 7th, 2018 a Union County Georgia Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle just over the North Carolina/Georgia state line off Highway 129 in Union County Georgia. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot from the stop and was not apprehended. UCSO requested a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Deputy to go an address Carson Lane address, in the Martin’s Creek Community of Cherokee County, to do a welfare check on the registered owner of the vehicle and assist in furthering their investigation.

Cherokee County deputies arrived at the Carson Lane address and found the victim, 73 year old Jerry Dalrymple unresponsive and in immediate need of medical attention. Cherokee County EMS arrived on scene and Mr. Dalrymple was air lifted to a Chattanooga Tennessee hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

Through further investigation, 19 year old Isaiah Beavers, of the Martins Creek community of Cherokee County was developed as a suspect and warrants were obtained for the Murder of Jerry Dalrymple.

On or about September 8th, 2018 Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Union County Sheriff’s Office Deputies took Beavers into custody at a residence in the Nottely Dam community of Union County Georgia. Beavers is currently held in the Towns/Union County jail awaiting extradition back to Cherokee County. There are additional persons of interest and additional arrests are anticipated.

Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated “We continue our investigation in this this very grave crime. We are diligently searching for the additional suspects we have identified. My Office extends thanks to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Probation and Parole, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation all which were extremely helpful in this investigation. We continue to ask for prayers for all concerned.”

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Brothers charged with murder in motor vehicle death

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Rabun County, Ga. – On Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia State Patrol and the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jesse Reeves Smith, 22, of 238 Gipson Lane, Lakemont, Georgia, and his brother, James Cody Smith, 22, of 259 Gipson Lane, Lakemont, Georgia, for murder.  This case stemmed from a motor vehicle wreck which resulted in the death of Marshall Wayne Turpin, 18.  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 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.


Body Found – Suspect Arrested in Lumpkin County Murder


LUMPKIN CO., Ga. – The body of a missing Murrayville woman was found early Sunday in the woods off Hwy. 60 just north of Dahlonega.  The man she had been linked to romantically has been charged with murder and aggravated assault.

Deputies with the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Hall County Sheriff’s Office, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation located the body of 41-year-old Wanda Kay McDougald about one mile south of the Union County line shortly after midnight.

Hall County deputies located 52-year-old John Harol Whitfield at a home in Clermont Sunday afternoon. He has been charged with murder and aggravated assault and booked into the Lumpkin County jail.

GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said McDougald and Whitfield had lived together for more than a year.

An autopsy is pending. Fetch Your News will have more details as they become available.

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