July 2, 2008
Statenville - The District Attorney has closed the book on one of the biggest crimes in Echols County.
"Its a tragic situation. The whole deal is tragic. We hope not to have anything like this happen in the future. It's a tragic situation for all the families involved and the deputy affected by it," says Echols County Sheriff Randy Courson.
On May 25th, Deputy Steve Wood was called to Lisa Circle. A group of people were arguing and 67-year old Billy Corbett got a gun and started shooting.
34 year-old Chad Wiggins and 36 year-old David Coody Junior were shot and killed. Deputy Wood then shot Corbett to death.
"In these types of situations, that's the reason we call the GBI in to do an independent investigation so we can make sure it's done justly and fairly," Courson says.
After the GBI's investigation, the District Attorney ruled this week that Deputy Wood was not only justified in shooting Corbett, but possibly prevented death or injury to himself and others in the area.
Now this quiet community hopes to move on.
"I really hope everyone can put this behind them and go on with our lives because we want this community to be a nice place for people to come and maybe live some day," says resident Karen Alford.
Deputy Woods was placed on paid administrative leave but will return to active duty Friday.