South Georgia family seeks answers months after man's death

By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 15, 2018

QUITMAN, Ga. (WCTV) -- One South Georgia family is not resting until it finds answers.

Last March, Timothy Smothers died from a gun shot wound. He was found dead after a stand-off with the Brooks County Sheriff's Department.

After the incident, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reported that Smothers had a warrant out for his arrest for a probation violation and felony auto burglary. Authorities also had a search warrant relating to items stolen in a burglary.

Smothers barricaded himself in his home, and investigators said a fire broke out in the home during the stand-off.

Smothers' body was later found on the floor when authorities were searching the outside of the home. GBI said neither law enforcement, nor Smothers, fired a shot at one another.

Smothers' family still wants answers. On Tuesday, family members of the Brooks County man protested outside the Quitman Courthouse.

Christine Smothers, his grandmother, said she was there that day in March. The incident happened inside her home.

"I heard two shots. And I told this cop standing beside of me, I said they just killed him. And they said no, that was the hunters," Christine said.

Family members were holding signs reading 'Where's the justice' and 'We want answers.'

When asked what answers she wanted, Christine said, "I'm searching for the trust. Them saying that he killed himself..."

While outside the courthouse, local law enforcement asked the group to leave, saying they did not give proper notice.

We reached out to the Brooks County Sheriff's Department and GBI. GBI agents said it's still an active and open case, and is now up to the District Attorney. Investigators said they cannot make a comment until the case is closed.