Suspect Charged in KOA Campground Death


Bainbridge, Georgia - December 29, 2011 -

An arrest has been made in a murder that happened on Monday night at the KOA Campground in Bainbridge.

Chief Investigator Frank Green said Carolyn Perkins has been charged with felony murder in the death of 86 year old Gerald Woodard.

Green said Perkins robbed Woodard at his home and when he ran for help he collapsed and died. Perkins is also suspected in two other thefts that happened in the area last week.

Bainbridge, Georgia - December 28, 2011 -

Bainbridge Public Safety, along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, is investigating an apparent homicide on Wednesday evening at the KOA campground on W Shotwell Street.

Gerald Woodard, 86 years old, died from a heart attack after being robbed at his camper at about 9 pm. It is thought that a black female knocked on his door and asked for money or was possibly an acquaintance. She is said to have grabbed his money and took off running.

Apparently Gerald Woodard first retrieved his pistol and then proceeded from his camper to the next camper, but no one answered his knock. He went to the next camper where he and that resident were heading to see the campground manager when Gerald Woodard collapsed.

An out of town paramedic, camping at the campground, began CPR within about a couple of minutes as EMS and Bainbridge Public Safety responded. EMS arrived and continued life saving measures and transported Gerald Woodard to the hospital. Soon after, Coroner Peter Bruton arrived and pronounced the death.

Public Safety officers quickly taped off the crime scene and Woodard's camper was cleared and secured. Public Safety Investigators headed by Captain Frank Green, along with Public Safety Director Eric Miller, arrived on scene.

Sheriff's Captain Chip Nix arrived to assist and the tracking dogs from Apalachee Correctional Institute in Sneads FL were requested and arrived. ACI's Sgt. Charles Sneads, Adam Mercer, Travis Hatcher attempted to track the area around Woodard's camper with no luck.

The GBI Crime Unit arrived to process the scene. Special Agent in Charge Steve Turner stated that they were processing the inside of the camper for any evidence of another person that may be involved in the robbery which resulted in Mr Woodard's death.

BPS Captain Frank Green stated that a reward is being offered for information leading to the person or person's involved in the robbery. He stated persons may contact Bainbridge Public Safety Investigative Division at 229-248-2043 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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  • by shontae jaackson Location: valdosta ga on Jan 3, 2012 at 02:54 PM
    this is a shame i know her she useed be in the sheather with me i know her lil boy will be ok i hope so he need his mother i hope and pray she be fine calling for god i praying for her she was good woman she never get trouble this is a socking to me
  • by Fed up on Dec 30, 2011 at 08:11 PM
    This ia a grown a@/ woman! So fed up with these people.
  • by Scott Location: Wakulla on Dec 30, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    She's nothing a good old case of lead poisoning right between the eyes can't fix.
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      by Tom on Dec 31, 2011 at 06:26 AM in reply to Scott
      That would be too quick.
  • by SNA on Dec 30, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    It's despicable what she did, but felony murder?
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      by Dee on Dec 30, 2011 at 03:34 PM in reply to SNA
      You betcha! Participate in an act that causes the death of another - you are charged with MURDER. Can be two thugs who rob a store, one gets shot by the store owner, the other thug is charged with felony murder. Wonderful statute!
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      by Fact on Dec 30, 2011 at 04:58 PM in reply to SNA
      The Felony Murder Rule states that any death which occurs during the commission or attempt to commit certain felonies, which include arson, rape or other sexual offenses, burglary, robbery or kidnapping, is first-degree murder and all participants in the felony can be held equally culpable, including those who did no harm, had no weapon, and did not intend to hurt anyone.
  • by Jake Location: TLH on Dec 30, 2011 at 12:12 PM
    Just another day in the 'hood.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2011 at 11:47 AM
    Just another Obama voter who thinks that stealing is right....
    • reply
      by Chuck on Dec 30, 2011 at 07:40 PM in reply to
      To:Anonymous, I really doubt if that person even votes,If she did vote for President Obama it was her right to do so. I also wonder if you was in the voting booth with her to know who she voted for.Do you hate the man so much that it done got the best of you to the point of eating and sleeping and letting everybody know how you think and feel about a person after this many years has passed by. He just might be in office again, what you are going to post then? The main story dosen't have anything to do with the President.
  • by Devils Advocate Location: Tallahassee on Dec 30, 2011 at 10:22 AM
    There are many crimes against the elderly. We had a neighbor once who we would see with two women who seemed very out of place. One day saw these women trying to force the old man back in the house so we called police. Turns out the women lured him with promise of sex and then ended up trying to steal his money/wallet. He is lucky he didn't get hurt.
  • by Johnny Marks Location: Tallyseee on Dec 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM
    They rob and kill people in Alabama too. They should not arrest her just for that. why people do the same thing in the band at FAMU and they aren't even trying to rob anyone except the taxpayers.
  • by len on Dec 30, 2011 at 09:33 AM
    what a sorry woman ,,,thug trash ,,,, give her the chair
  • by Dee Location: Tallahassee on Dec 30, 2011 at 09:32 AM
    That's just pathetic, robbing a poor old man. What a worthless piece of humanity!
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