Man charged in shooting death at mobile home park




The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office has charged William Leroy Wimberly, 48, on suspicion of murder and three other charges in connection with a shooting Tuesday night at the Shady Acres Mobile Home Park in Bainbridge.

According to Captain Gale Bowyer of the Sheriff’s Office, Wimberly was formally charged Wednesday afternoon with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Christopher Strickland had earlier been identified as the man who was shot to death Tuesday night.

Josh Strickland, Christopher’s brother, had been held in investigative custody through early Wednesday but he has been released, Capt. Bowyer said.

Bowyer said the three men had an argument while at Josh Strickland’s residence, located in a mobile home park near the intersection of Whigham Dairy Road and Old Whigham Road just outside Bainbridge city limits.

“We believe Wimberly was expelled from the house, and later returned with a gun,” Bowyer said. “A struggle ensued between the three men.”

Christopher Strickland was shot first, and then as Josh Strickland and Wimberly continued to struggle, the gun went off again and injured Wimberly.

Wimberly is currently being treated at a hospital in Tallahassee, Fla. Bowyer said the Leon County Sheriff’s Office is standing guard at the hospital and will issue the warrants against Wimberly whenever his treatment is complete.




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