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Appling Co. man indicted in wife's slaying

Jonathan Courson (Source: Appling Co. Sheriff's Office) Jonathan Courson (Source: Appling Co. Sheriff's Office)
Mandy Courson Mandy Courson

An Appling County man accused of his wife's slaying was indicted on eight counts Friday by a grand jury.

Jonathan Courson, 26, was indicted on charges of malice murder; felony murder; aggravated assault; making a false statement; tampering with evidence; reckless conduct and insurance fraud.

The Appling County Sheriff's Office said that on Jan. 4, he made up a story about two men invading his home on, tying his wife up and killing her.

Deputies were called to their home on Corey Street and found Courson and his wife Mandy tied up, with signs of what looked like a home invasion. 

Courson suffered minor cuts and scratches. Mandy Courson had been tied up in another room in the house and was dead. 

Courson told deputies two black males broke into the home, tied them up, ransacked the house. He added that the suspects allowed him to feed his 2-year-old daughter, who was asleep upstairs and had woken up. Hours later, Courson told investigators he was able to reach a security alarm, which was not activated, to alert law enforcement and EMS.

Five days later, Courson turned himself in after an arrest warrant was issued.

Mandy Courson had been strangled with a rope and that Courson looked to collect life insurance funds fraudulently, according to the indictment.

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