Crime

Man indicted in killing of fellow group home resident

An east Macon group home resident was indicted Tuesday, accused of fatally striking a fellow resident with his fists, a chair and a skateboard.

Diaz Gholston, 26, is charged with murder in the Oct. 25 death of 68-year-old Ronnie Collins, according to an indictment filed in Bibb County Superior Court.

Collins died at a local hospital after the beating at Affinity Personal Care Home, 1934 Jeffersonville Road. The two lived at a home for people with developmental disabilities.

A Bibb County Sheriff's Office report released soon after the incident showed Gholston was sent to the home by a behavioral-health agency, but he wanted "a place by himself."

A deputy was called to the home at about 12:45 p.m. on Oct. 25 to check on Gholston, a man described as not being "happy with the arrangement."

After the deputy left, Gholston was spotted walking with a baseball bat in his hand about five blocks away near Walnut Creek. Gholston was distraught and the deputy called for an ambulance. He later declined treatment and walked back toward the care home.

The sheriff's office was called again at about 9:15 p.m. When the same deputy responded to the care home, Collins was unresponsive and bleeding from his head. A woman said Gholston had hit Collins.

Gholston admitted to the deputy, "I was frustrated and (Collins) was talking all crazy and I hit him," according to the report.

Gholston has been held at the county jail without bond since his arrest, according to jail records.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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