Suspect in custody for Saturday shooting

by Wes Mayer

The person believed to be responsible for shooting a man multiple times in a north Coweta neighborhood over the weekend is now in custody.

The suspect, Walter Lee Ponder Jr., was located in Carrollton following an independent investigation, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. Ponder was taken into custody around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. He was charged with violation of probation, but he may face more charges, at least aggravated battery, following further investigation, Yarbrough said.

Ponder is a suspect in the early Saturday morning shooting of Vantorious Krishad Dixon on Howard Hughes Road, Yarbrough said. Not only did Ponder shoot Dixon, but he also ran over Dixon with his vehicle. Dixon has been in and out of surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and is still in critical condition.

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



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