Man Indicted for Murder in Fatal Thomasville Shooting

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Update: Thomas County Sheriff's Office
August 5, 2015

THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- On April 7, 2015 at approximately 11:35 a.m. the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Azalea Trailer Park, Lot #32 located at 1388 N. Pinetree Blvd., in Thomasville, GA. Upon arrival, deputies found James Eric Poppell, 31, had been shot once in the upper torso. The Thomas County Sheriff’s requested assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Jamey Wolford, 33, reported that during an argument with Poppell, on the front steps of the residence, Poppell charged at Wolford. Wolford reported shooting Poppell with a .40 caliber handgun. Poppell was unarmed. Poppell was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Monday, August 3, 2015, the case was presented to the Thomas County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury returned True Bill of Indictments against Wolford for Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Voluntary Manslaughter. Bench Warrants were issued for his arrest.

Wolford turned himself into authorities at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday and is being held at the Thomas County Jail. Bond for Wolford has been denied.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
April 8, 2015

THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- The man arrested in connection with the shooting of 31-year-old Eric Poppell at a Thomasville mobile home park on Tuesday has been released, according to the Thomas County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's office says the man who was being held in custody has been released from jail because he was claiming self-defense.

The identify of the man has not been released.

No further details are available at this time.

UPDATE By: Alicia Turner
April 7, 2015 5:46 PM

THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- Desja Wilson lives in the neighborhood where a man was shot Tuesday.

"You see police ride through all the time, but you never think in a quiet neighborhood like this that someone would get killed," Wilson said.

Wilson explained that she's still shaken after a shooting at the Azalea Park trailer park in Thomas County. The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Eric Poppell. Witnesses said his kids saw the whole thing.

"No kid deserves to go through that at all," said Sandra Maniero.

Wilson told Eyewitness News she saw the kids as they were being taken from the house. She described it as a sight she never wants to see again.

"The little girl, she just broke down like her life just ended. It was heart breaking. I wanted to cry for a few minutes and hug her at the same time," Wilson said.

The shooting happened just after 11 Tuesday morning. Sandra Maniero said she saw the victim drive up to the house next door.

"We were sitting on the front porch here. We saw the truck come by fairly fast and pull in. We heard him get out shut the door, heard a little bit of fussing, and then a gun shot," Maniero said

Maniero said when she heard the shot she knew she needed to get her and her aunt inside, and call 911 as quickly as possible.

"After the gunshot we could hear the kids in the house and crying and all. We heard people moving around, we knew there were small kids over there so we had to do something. We couldn't just wait around you know," Maniero said.

Mainero told Eyewitness News she still can't believe that something so tragic happened that close to her.

"You hear about it on TV, but you never expect to hear about it and be right beside it," Maniero said.

The Thomas County Sheriff's office does have one man in custody in connection with the killing; his name has not yet been released.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
April 7, 2015

THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- One person is dead following a shooting at a Thomasville mobile home park.

The Thomas County Sheriff's Office is working a crime scene where they said one person is dead following the shooting.

The shooting occurred around 11 a.m. in Azalea mobile home park off of Pine Tree Blvd.

A narcotics officer responded moments after the call came in about the shooting and one person is said to be in custody.

No further details are available at this time. WCTV will update this story as more information becomes available.

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