Macon woman struck with bat dies at hospital

pramati@macon.comDecember 2, 2012 

A Macon woman who was struck with a baseball bat during an argument with a neighbor died Saturday evening at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

Jones identified the woman as Alterese Carter, 46, of Atlantic Avenue. Jones said Carter sustained head trauma, but that the autopsy would be performed Monday morning.

Police initially charged John Leslie Conover, 49, on Mercer Street, with aggravated assault, battery and violation of parole state court. The charges were upgraded Sunday to felony murder following Carter’s death.

According to a police news release, Conover got into an altercation Friday afternoon at about 5:30 p.m. on Mercer Street with Carter’s 12-year-old son. Conover allegedly struck Carter’s husband, Troy Carter, who had intervened after his wife was struck. The family took Carter to the Medical Center for her injuries. Macon police arrested Conover and took him to the Bibb County jail.

Several neighbors who knew Conover said Sunday he wasn’t the type to instigate a fight.

They said Conover had been involved in incidents over the past couple of months where he was attacked on the street.

However, none of the neighbors, including Conover’s girlfriend Alicia Wilson, were present during the incident.

Wilson and other neighbors said Conover had gotten into an argument with Alterese Carter earlier in the day about a ladder. Wilson said she talked with Conover and he told her he was defending himself from the Carter family.

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