Malcom guilty in 2018 murder in Social Circle

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Kenneth “Keith” Malcom. Photo credit: Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

Walton County prosecutors returned a second guilty verdict in a trial in Walton County this week – also for a murder in Social Circle.

“Today, Kenneth “Keith” Malcom, (of Monroe) was found guilty of the murder of Jonathan Gresham,” Alcovy Judicial Circuit Chief Assistant District Attorney Randy McGinley reported in a press release. “Gresham was at a party along with his sister, the sister’s children, and the sister’s boyfriend, Keith Malcom. Later that evening, an altercation occurred and Gresham got into his sister’s vehicle along with all of her children in an attempt to leave the party. Malcom shot Gresham five times while he was in the driver’s seat attempting to leave. The incident was witnessed by the children from the back seat of the vehicle. Gresham was able to drive away from the scene. However, the children called 911 to attempt to get aid for Gresham. Law enforcement and EMS found the vehicle on the side of the road on Highway 11. Despite attempts to save Gresham, he later succumbed to his injuries.”

McGinley said Malcom was convicted of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, five counts of aggravated assault, four counts of cruelty to children in the first degree, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, six counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of methamphetamine, and tampering with evidence.

Malcom will be sentenced on Nov. 19.

The prosecution of the case was led by Assistant District Attorney David Williamson with assistance from Chief Assistant District Attorney Randy McGinley, Investigators Josh Chambers, Eric Yarbrough, Victims Advocate Lacy Martin, and Legal Assistant Karen Boss. The case was investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Social Circle Police Department, and the Walton County District Attorney’s Office. The cooperation from all law enforcement agencies, as well as the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Walton County EMS, the Social Circle Fire Department, and the Walton County 911 Center, helped quickly solve this murder.

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