A Houston County grand jury reviewed Tuesday a fatal shooting in Warner Robins and a fatal stabbing in Perry and found both incidents were in self-defense, a prosecutor said.
Houston County District Attorney Jason Ashford said police investigations are not completed in either incident and should new information or evidence come forth the grand jury’s determination could change.
But “at this point,” police, the district attorney’s office and now a grand jury have determined the fatal shooting and fatal stabbing were in self-defense, Ashford said.
Frankie Lee Releford, 54, of Perry, died at Perry Hospital on April 27 after he was stabbed in the chest with a 10-inch kitchen knife, police said. Marthann Hooten, 54, told police she stabbed Releford in her home in the 1500 block of Houston Lake Road in Perry after the two got into an argument and Releford brandished a 3-inch pocket knife.
Both had been drinking, police said.
In the other incident, Antonio Searcy, 23, of Warner Robins, died at The Medical Center of Central Georgia on April 1 after he was shot by the stepfather of the man he was attempting to rob outside a home in the 200 block of Sewell Circle, police said.
According to police, Searcy was attempting to rob Andrew Grane, 27, in his front yard.
Anthony Bell, 43, saw the men struggling, retrieved a gun from the home and shot Searcy once in the head.
No charges were filed in either incident.
Ashford said grand jurors spent about 30 to 45 minutes on each case, including testimony from police officers.
The grand jury did not issue anything in writing after reaching its determination on the incidents, Ashford said.
“I think it was a pretty comprehensive review,” Ashford said.
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