Coweta Man Dead, Son Charged With Murder

by Wes Mayer

A man is dead after a Thursday morning incident, and Coweta County authorities have charged his son with murder.

Around 5:30 a.m., 911 operators received a call from a man reporting he was being assaulted by his own son, said Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Within five minutes, two deputy units arrived at the home on 300 Nectarine Drive in the Peachtree Landing subdivision and found the victim, Richard L Earhart, 58, lying in a pool of blood beside the road. Emergency medical personnel were called to the scene and transported the unresponsive victim to Piedmont Newnan Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Deputies entered the home and found Justin Lee Earhart, 31, covered in blood, Yeager said. The house was also covered in blood, and units found several possible weapons. Justin Earhart was taken into custody at the scene and charged with murder.

“The cause of death appears to be trauma from some type of bladed weapon,” Yeager said.

Yeager said due to the weather, authorities were unable to perform an autopsy Thursday, so he could not say what the exact fatal injury was. Investigators are still working the scene.

For more on this story, look in Saturday’s print and digital editions of The Newnan Times-Herald.



More Local

Altered EC photo sent to Chive website

This week an altered picture of East Coweta High School’s Internet homepage was posted to the international website The Chive. The alt ... Read More


Taste of Newnan to return Oct. 2

Main Street Newnan’s Taste of Newnan returns for its fall portion Thursday, Oct. 2 on the Court Square downtown. There will be tables ... Read More


CCMSAL Volleyball

Lee Middle will play in final game of tourney

The Coweta County School System finished its investigation into the allegations surrounding the Coweta County Middle School Athletic League ... Read More


Articulation Agreement

WGTC, LaGrange College sign on dotted line

West Georgia Technical College and LaGrange College have signed an articulation agreement for both institutions’ nursing programs. The ... Read More


Grantville candidate event 6 p.m. tonight

Grantville residents will have a chance to meet the candidates for mayor and city council at an event tonight. Also, on Oct. 9, the Newnan-C ... Read More

Hotel resident injured in grease fire

A woman’s hands were burned Wednesday morning after a grease fire started in her hotel room, but the room’s sprinkler system ext ... Read More