GBI: Glennville man was killed as result of mistaken identity

Published: Sep. 29, 2021 at 10:04 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2021 at 6:23 PM EDT
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TATTNALL COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - A Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent testified in court that a Glennville man was killed as a result of mistaken identity.

GBI Special Agent Christian Johnson testified during a hearing Wednesday that the suspects intended to kill a corrections officer that had once live nearby, but instead killed Bobby Kicklighter in January of 2021.

A total of four suspects have been charged in connection with this case.

Defendants Christopher Sumlin, Aerial Murphy and Keisha Jones sat in court as an agent for the GBI described the murder of 88 year old Bobby Kicklighter.

“Mr. Kicklighter drove a white pickup truck which coincidentally is the same as the corrections officer. He was an unintended target,” said Spec. Agent Johnson.

The agent testified the three were carrying out the murder on behalf of inmate Nathan Weeks as the result of Weeks’ contraband ring inside the prison.

“This corrections officer had once worked at Smith State Prison, was a very proactive officer. He had seized a large amount of contraband in his time there.”

Special Agent Johnson testified the officer recognized Sumlin as a former Smith inmate. Sumlin also faces murder charges in Wayne County from this same time.

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