According to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Jimmy Ray Hartley of 1100 Chuli Road, was charged with reckless conduct following the May 21 death of his wife. Deputies responded to the home May 21 in reference to a death and Hartley reportedly told the responding officers his wife Janie Hartley, had passed away.
During the investigation, Hartley reported told investigators that his wife had fallen approximately two weeks prior to her death, and that he did not have time to call 911 to seek medical attention for her. Investigators learned that Hartley would feed his wife while lying in the same location up until her death.
Because of the living conditions and the manner in which his wife was found, said Sheriff Wendell Beam, Hartley was taken into custody.
Chief Investigator Tony Ranieri said Hartley was detained on May 21 for investigative hold until a conference with the District Attorney could be completed.
“We released him pending any charges,” Ranieri said, then arrested him for reckless conduct on Aug. 2.