December 1, 2020

Man Arrested for Heard County Murder

Dimitri Merci Jackson

Dimitri Merci Jackson

(Franklin, GA) — A body found last week in southern Heard County has been identified as an Alabama man and authorities have made an arrest in the case.

According to a press release issued Thursday afternoon by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the victim has been identified as 38-year-old Antonio “Tony” Moore of Huntsville, AL.

Moore, a retired Navy veteran, was reported missing by his family to Huntsville authorities on Saturday, September 12, 2015.

The GBI Medical Examiner’s office used medical records to identify Mr. Moore on Wednesday, September 30, and results of an autopsy revealed he died from a gunshot wound.

The GBI and the Heard County Sheriff’s Office have been actively working the investigation and have charged 29-year-old Dimitri Merci Jackson with Mr. Moore’s murder.

The GBI’s Columbus Regional Office was requested by the Heard County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the investigation of a partially decomposed body located in a wooded area near US Highway 27 and Edwards Road on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.

The body was found by hunters in the area who reported the discovery to the Heard County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information pertaining to the alleged murder should contact the Heard County Sheriff’s Office at 706-675-3329 or the GBI Columbus Regional Office at 706-565-7888.

Stay tuned to for further details as they become available.


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