clear
Tuesday December 18th, 2018 2:42PM

Gainesville man indicted in hotel murder

By Alyson Shields Reporter
  Contact Editor
GAINESVILLE - A Superior Court Jury in Hall County has indicted a Gainesville man accused of murdering an associate at the Gainesville Sun Suites Hotel earlier this year.<br /> <br /> According to the indictment, 29-year-old Jose Antonio Garcia-Flores has been charged with malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.<br /> <br /> The indictment states, in its fourth count, that Garcia-Flores is accused of maliciously causing bodily harm to the victim, Harmon Vonzell Lavender, "by depriving him of members of his body, by rendering useless members of his body and by seriously disfiguring his body, including his head, legs, hands, fingers, genitals and internal organs...."<br /> <br /> Garcia-Flores was arrested for the death of Lavender, a 52-year-old man from Augusta, who was found dismembered in a Gainesville extended-stay hotel on January 10, 2015. Investigators said previously they are unsure of when the actual incident occurred, however, the indictment lists January 7, 2015 as the day of the incident.<br /> <br /> During the investigation, Garcia-Flores was sought out by authorities as a missing person in the case, not as a suspect. Garcia-Flores was located somewhere in New York City and arrested on an unrelated parole warrant on January 15, 2015.<br /> <br /> Gainesville Police Corporal Kevin Holbrook said previously that "...this was a very violent, vicious, brutal death. This was one of the most gruesome crime scenes that we at the Gainesville Police Department and veteran members of the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) have investigated in our careers."<br /> <br /> Previous stories about the murder are linked below.<br />
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.