Murder suspect release from hospital

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Jerome Mobley, 39. arrested for allegedly killing his estranged wife Katie Mobley at her Knox Chapel Road residence on April 18, is awaiting arraignment in Walton County Jail and has undergone extensive medical procedures, according to Capt. Kirk McLeroy of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

Mobley was arrested following a two-day manhunt that ended in a field behind a house on Hestertown Road.

As the homeowners approached, Mobley placed a shotgun under his chin and fired. He survived the attempted suicide and was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Mobley is still recovering from the injuries in the Walton County Jail. “He can communicate, but he can’t speak clearly,” McLeroy said. Mobley requires 24-hour care as well as medical check-ups.

“There is a catastrophic insurance for events like this,” said Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley. “We can also bill their insurance if they have it.”

However, if it is not covered by those methods, the cost falls to the taxpayers.

“It would be cheaper for us to have a 24-hour nurse than to bill the hospital,” Markley said. “We made plans for issues like that when we built this jail.”

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is equipped with a medical unit, a hospital bed and a nurse’s station for inmates.

“Mobley is being charged with aggravated assault, felony murder and two counts of cruelty to children,” McLeroy said.

An arraignment date has not been set at this time, said the Walton County District Attorney’s Office.

As reported by the Walton Tribune, Mobley had been on a $13,000 bond for an earlier domestic violence charge prior to the killing. He had a restraining order against him, which prevented Mobley from contacting his wife and two children.

Mobley allegedly violated the restraining order. The District’s Attorney’s office, the reports state, attempted to get Walton County Magistrate Judge Mike Burke to rescind his bond but was unsuccessful. The killing occurred afterwards.

Social Circle Police and Walton County Sheriff’s Office found Katie on April 18 after responding to a 911 call from Gentry Mobley, their 9-year-old-daughter.

Gannon Mobley, their 8-year-old son, was attempting to perform CPR on Katie, published reports state. She had been shot in the arm and neck and later died on the scene. Jerome Mobley had been shot in the leg, reports state.

The two children are staying with relatives, according to McLeroy.

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