COVINGTON, Ga. - Newton County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a Monday evening murder that took place at 45 Brookwood Drive in Covington. The incident was initially reported as a burglary in progress, but according to documents obtained by The Covington News, quickly turned violent.
The victim, Wintez Moody, 22, dialed 911 Monday evening at 9:05 p.m., and according to the call detail report provided by the Covington-Newton County 911 Communication Center, he heard gunshots as the suspect(s) kicked in the side door of the residence.
Moody reportedly told 911 dispatchers he was in a bedroom closet as he heard suspects walking in the home.
According to the call report, males could be heard yelling seconds before Moody told dispatchers he was bleeding. Moody reported being shot just 150 seconds after the initial call was made. NCSO deputies were on scene seven minutes after the initial call came in.
The 911 dispatcher reported hearing "groaning" and "heavy breathing" before Moody screamed out a name. Lookout information was then relayed to surrounding counties.
NCSO made an arrest related to the incident Wednesday, Nov. 7 in Kennesaw conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Task Force. As of Thursday morning, NCSO had not released the name of the arrested suspect. Because of the ongoing nature of the investigation, The Covington News did not include the name listed on the 911 report.
The Covington News requested the audio recording of the phone call, but due to restrictions in the Georgia Open Records Act, the recording was denied by the 911 Center, citing "(26.1) In addition to the exemption provided by paragraph (26) of this subsection, audio recordings of a 9-1-1 telephone call to a public safety answering point which contain the speech in distress or cries in extremis of a caller who died during the call or the speech or cries of a person who was a minor at the time of the call, except to the following, provided that the person seeking the audio recording of a 9-1-1 telephone call submits a sworn affidavit that attests to the facts necessary to establish eligibility under this paragraph ..."
The News will continue to update this story as information becomes available.