DA Franklin Will Not Prosecute Man Who Shot Man With Alzheimer's

Friday, February 28, 2014

District Attorney Herbert "Buzz" Franklin said Friday he will not prosecute a man who shot and killed a man with Alzheimer's who was outside his home.

Ronald Westbrook was killed last Nov. 27 at Chickamauga, Ga. Joe Hendrix shot him 3-4 times when he continued to walk toward him holding what he thought might be a gun.

A short time before, a woman said Mr. Westbrook rang her doorbell and tried to get in her front door.

Mr. Hendrix said he called to Mr. Westbrook several times to try to get him to stop. He said he was afraid for the safety of his girlfriend, who was inside.

Attorney Lee Davis, who represents Mr. Hendrix, said, "Joe Hendrix appreciates the care and deliberation shown in this investigation by District Attorney Buzz Franklin.  Mr. Hendrix appreciates that no criminal charges will issue and he agrees with that decision.  

"Mr. Hendrix fully acknowledges the loss to Westbrook family and his thoughts and prayers are with them."



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