Trial expected Wednesday for Fort Valley man accused of killing another with a piece of lumber

bpurser@macon.comJuly 9, 2013 

Robert Gill

PERRY -- A Fort Valley man charged with murder after allegedly striking another man with a piece of lumber is expected to go on trial Wednesday in Houston County Superior Court.

Robert Lee Gill, 44, was indicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery and aggravated assault in the June 18, 2012, death of Terry Lynn Carson, 41.

Gill, who pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, is accused of beating Carson in the head with a 2-by-4 as well as kicking him in the head, the indictment stated.

Gill and Carson, both contract workers at Robins Air Force Base, got into an argument at work that carried over into a physical fight off base in the parking lot of Cascade International, 104 Industrial Park Blvd.

The business, which manufactures forklift parts, is less than a mile from the Russell Parkway entrance to the base.

Houston County Public Defender Nick White, who is representing Gill, has said the case is one of self-defense.

White stated previously that it’s important to look at who was the aggressor and who escalated the fight to the point of bringing, to quote an old cliche, he said, “a knife to a fistfight.”

Houston County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Daniel P. Bibler, who is the lead prosecutor on the case, said, “We see it differently, and that’s what we’re going to present to the jury.”

Judge Katherine K. Lumsden is presiding over the trial, which is expected to last two to three days.

Opening statements from attorneys are expected Wednesday morning.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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