Convicted Mitchell Co. killer appeals to Supreme Court

Convicted Mitchell Co. killer appeals to Supreme Court

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - In the Georgia Supreme Court, a Mitchell County man convicted of murdering his friend while both were drunk, is appealing his conviction and life prison sentence.

Greg Johnson will ask the court for a new trial in its session starting October 3, 2016.

In January 2014, a jury found Greg Johnson guilty of the felony murder of  58-year-old Hugh Ethridge in Baconton, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

Johnson told investigators Ethridge threatened to kill him, and the two struggled over .410 shotgun when it went off, striking Ethridge in the neck. 

But GBI agents handling the investigation didn't believe that, and officials said that Johnson confessed to his brother-in-law, crying and saying he had shot Ethridge in a struggle.

He told a deputy he was sorry and that he had shot the victim. Then he told Investigators that the victim had gotten the gun and shot himself.

But the next day, he said that when Ethridge had loaded the gun, Johnson had tried to wrestle the gun away, but the gun had fired.

Up to 2013, it was the first murder in Mitchell County since 2009.

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