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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

July 2, 2008

VALDOSTA - The District Attorney's office cleared an Echols County deputy involved in a triple shooting in May.

Through a statement sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, DA David Miller says "After considering the facts presented and applicable Georgia statutes, it is clear to me that the shooting of Mr. Billy Corbett by Deputy Steven Wood was a justifiable homicide committed to prevent death or serious violent injury to Deputy Wood and/or other persons at the scene of the shooting."

Woods was called to  the home of Billy Corbett to answer a dispute call. There was apparently an ongoing feud between the neighbors involved.

67-year-old Billy Corbett opened fired in the yard between his house and the neighbors.

Chad Wiggins and 36-year old David Coody Jr. were killed.

Deputy Woods returned fire and killed Corbett. He was placed on administrative leave until the GBI and DA wrapped up the investigation. 

Echols County Sheriff Randy Courson says Woods will now be placed back on active duty.