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Man killed in Social Circle
Argument leads to city’s first homicide of 2018

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. — An argument between two men is believed to have led to a homicide in Walton County.

Social Circle police Chief Tyrone Oliver said 32-year-old Keith Katrell Malcom, of Monroe, was arrested early Sunday. He was being held at the Walton County Detention Center in Monroe.

Oliver identified the victim as 27-year-old Jonathan Rajiv Gresham, also of Monroe.

Social Circle police were dispatched to a fight in the 600 block of Meadows Lane at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. At about the same time, Walton County 911 advised a man had been shot multiple times and left the location in a silver car.

Occupants of a silver car flagged down sheriff’s deputies on Georgia 11 near Lipscomb Road, north of the city, where three juvenile passengers said their uncle, who had been driving, had been shot. Gresham was transported to Clearview Regional Medical Center in Monroe, where he died.

Malcom is being detained on charges including aggravated assault, murder, four counts of cruelty to children, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of Schedule I drugs with the intention to distribute.

Oliver said the prior criminal history includes convictions for drug and family violence charges.

Oliver said it’s unknown what led to the dispute between the men, but it started inside the house and the two eventually went outside, where the shots were fired.

Social Circle police, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Alcovy Circuit district attorney’s office and Walton County coroner’s office responded.