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Murder suspect back in jail
Walton County Sheriff's Office

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MONROE, Ga. - Jerome Mobley is in the Walton County Jail.

The accused murderer was transferred from Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital to the jail late Monday. He had been held at the hospital since his April 21 capture.

Mobley is accused of killing his estranged wife, 29-year-old Katie Smith Mobley, in front of their two children at a home near Social Circle on April 18.

Mobley allegedly shot himself in the face in a failed suicide attempt at his capture. He underwent multiple surgeries and must continue to receive medical care at the jail.

Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman said the care his office must provide will continue to run up the bill for housing Mobley.

“You have got to pay for all the stuff that is wrong with him,” Chapman said.

That includes ongoing wound care, a feeding tube and a tracheotomy. 

That doesn’t begin to cover the cost of the forthcoming bill from Grady.

Chapman listed just some of the expenses he expected to be billed for.

“He had a helicopter flight, all those surgeries and all of that,” the sheriff said.

Jerome Mobley
Jerome Mobley

Asked what he expected to eventually pay, Chapman seemed to not want to think about it.

“I don’t have a clue,” he said.

The jail budgets more than $1 million annually for inmate medical care. With the budget year nearly over, the sheriff wasn’t sure enough remained in the account to pay Grady.

“We will have to take it from somewhere else,” he said of the prospect of not having the cash for the bill.

“There is no way to budget for something like this.”

When Mobley was first taken to Grady, Walton County had to have two deputies on duty at the hospital around the clock. Then Fulton County offered to have its deputies guard the prisoner. That offered Walton something of a break on the costs.

Chapman said in some ways he was glad to have Mobley out of the hospital and in the jail. He isn’t happy about the ongoing costs, but knows the situation is more secure.

“He is where he needs to be,” the sheriff said.

Mobley led more than 100 deputies and others from law enforcement on a multi-day chase across the southern end of Walton County and in Morgan County after being injured in an alleged shootout with his wife.

Mobley does not appear to be a threat to run any longer. Chapman described him as pretty docile.