By Tia Lynn Ivey
Arlie Wilkerson, 82, was indicted for murder by a Morgan County Grand Jury on June 7. In March, Wilkerson was charged with fatally shooting his son, Bryan David Wilkerson, 54, after confessing to firing six shots into his son as he slept at their shared home in Rutledge.
Arlie Wilkerson, a decorated Korean War veteran who is now wheelchair-bound, called the police himself on the morning of March 11 to confess to killing a man inside his home. Police later discovered it was Wilkerson’s own son. Police recovered an empty. 22 caliber revolver from inside the home and found Bryan David Wilkerson dead in his bed, shot six times with the pistol while he slept. Arlie Wilkerson alleged abuse as his reason for shooting his son, claiming Bryan David Wilkerson was mistreating his wife, Frances Wilkerson, Bryan’s mother. On March 23, Morgan County Superior Court Judge Allison Burleson agreed to temporarily send Arlie Wilkerson to an undisclosed nursing home in lieu of jail, until mental competency evaluations were completed.
After hearing the details of Arlie Wilkerson’s case the grand jury returned this indictment.
“In the name and behalf of the citizens of Georgia, charge and accuse Arlie Joe Wilkerson on the 11th day of March, 2016 in Morgan County, Georgia, did then and there unlawfully and with malice aforethought, cause the death of Bryan David Wilkerson, a human being, by shooting the said Bryan David Wilkerson with a firearm, a deadly weapon, contrary to the laws of the State of Georgia, the good order, peace and dignity thereof.”