ECSO assists with double homicide in Johnson County

A neighboring community was struck by tragedy on Friday afternoon as two 18-year-olds were shot and killed. Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office, at the request of Johnson County Sheriff Greg Rowland, responded to 1383 Paul Lord Road between Kite and Wrightsville to assist.

According to reports from Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office, deputies assisted JCSO with what was advised to be a double homicide. Deputies were requested to assist with traffic and crowd control on site due to a large gathering of family and friends near the scene. Georgia State Patrol responded as well, and a vehicle involved in the incident was removed by Hadden’s Towing and stored at Emanuel County Jail’s impound for further processing by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, who was called in by JCSO to assist.

Sheriff Jeffrey Brewer says Sheriff Rowland called for help, and four units were sent as a result. He would like to take this time to extend his prayers and sympathy to the involved families.

According to Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, a call came Friday, April 23, around 1 p.m. about two people being found deceased at a residence on Paul Lord Road. Multiple deputies responded and found Destiny Hope Kight and Charles Jaylon “C.J.” Garrett dead from gun shot wounds.

Sheriff Rowland says his department is working on the investigation and remains committed to doing so until the case is solved. In a quote to The Johnson Journal’s editor, Deidre Ledford, Sheriff Rowland said, “We will not stop until those responsible are brought to justice,” said Rowland. “Please pray for the families of these two young people who lost their lives in a senseless, violent, criminal act.”

Should anyone have information about the case, call Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 478-864-4003 or the GBI’s Eastman office at 478-374-6988. You can also submit tips by calling 800-597-TIPS (8477) or submit them online at A third method of submitting tips is by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

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