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Trial date set for man accused of killing local mother
Jame Hill
James Gary Hill

COVINGTON, Ga. - The man charged will killing a Newton County mother and leaving her body under a bridge in 2017 will face trial next month. 

Alcovy Judicial Circuit Chief Assistant District Attorney Randy McGinley confirmed James Gary Hill has been scheduled for the July 15-19 criminal trial week in front of Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. Hill faces charges of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault. 

Hill is accused of killing 27-year-old Kelly Marshall and leaving her body under the Mount Tabor Road bridge next to the Yellow River Aug. 12, 2017. He has been jailed since his arrest the following day on traffic charges after running from deputies in Walton County and is currently housed at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison because his probation for a previous conviction was revoked. 

In December 2017 Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis said an autopsy determined that Marshall’s manner of death was homicide caused by asphyxia. Investigators with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office later determined that there was enough probable cause to charge Hill with the murder.

The Covington News plans to submit a request to live stream all of Hill's trial.