Witnesses who were present at the time of the shooting told authorities that the dispute began when John Holcomb, of 1375 Patton Road, the suspect in the incident, attempted to leave the Moose Club while allegedly intoxicated.
Statements provided to investigators claim that Holcomb shot Knowles in the neck after he tried to prevent him from leaving on his motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol.
Knowles was initially transported to the emergency room of Spalding Regional Medical Center but was later flown to Atlanta Medical Center due to the severity of his injuries.
Spalding County Sheriff Dee Stewart said in a press release Wednesday, “Investigator Scott Piper had been investigating the incident since Sunday and had already arrested and charged John Holcomb, of Griffin, with aggravated battery and aggravated assault. The charges have now been upgraded to felony murder, along with the other charges that he will be facing.”
Holcomb is expected to appear Thursday in Spalding County Magistrate Court for his first hearing. He is currently being held without bond in the Spalding County Jail.