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Fort Valley man may face murder charge after fight in Warner Robins

WARNER ROBINS -- A Fort Valley man charged with aggravated battery in connection with a fight Monday may face a murder charge.

Robert Lee Gill, 45, is accused of striking Terry Lynn Carson, 41, in the head with a large piece of wood while the two were fighting at 104 Industrial Park Blvd., according to a release from the Warner Robins Police Department.

Gill fled the scene but turned himself in after a warrant was issued for him Tuesday on a charge of aggravated battery, said Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police.

Carson, of Hawkinsville, was initially taken in a private vehicle to Houston Medical Center and was later taken by ambulance to The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon due to a severe head injury, Pugh said. He was pronounced dead at 12:52 p.m. Wednesday, she said.

The case is now considered a homicide investigation and has been turned over to the district attorney’s office, Pugh said. District Attorney George Hartwig indicated by a text message that he has not decided yet whether to upgrade the charge. The case is expected to go before a grand jury, which could consider a murder indictment.

The fight happened in the parking lot of Cascade International, which makes forklift parts. Plant manager Larry Read said the two men have no connection to the plant.

Gill and Carson worked together as contract workers at Robins Air Force Base and had a long-standing dispute, Pugh said. What the dispute was over was not known. But the men started arguing Monday on base, left and pulled into the parking lot of Cascade International and started fighting, Pugh said.

Gill was being held Wednesday without bond at the Houston County jail.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Warner Robins police Criminal Investigation Division at (478) 929-6911.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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