CLAYTON — Brothers from Rabun County were arrested Thursday in connection with a July 14 wreck that claimed the life of Marshall Wayne Turpin, 18.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Patrol and Rabun County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jesse Reeves Smith, 22, of Lakemont, and James Cody Smith, 22, of Lakemont for murder, according to Nelly Miles of the GBI.
Jesse Reeves Smith was arrested at the Rabun County Jail, where he was incarcerated on unrelated charges, according to information provided by the GBI. He is charged with one count of felony murder, four counts of aggravated assault, and one count of making false statements.
James Cody Smith was taken into custody by the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office and charged with one count of felony murder and four counts of aggravated assault.
Both men are incarcerated at the Rabun County Jail, awaiting court proceedings.
On July 14, a vehicle occupied by the Smith brothers intentionally struck a vehicle occupied by Turpin on East Wolf Creek Road, resulting in the death of Turpin, according to the GBI.
The arrests came as the result of a multi-month investigation by the GBI, GSP, Rabun County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.
The investigation remains active and ongoing, according to GBI.