Bobby Wood

A 44-year-old Baldwin County man was arrested Wednesday on felony criminal charges related to the fatal shooting of a man on Monday night, local authorities said.

Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Capt. Brad King identified the suspect as Bobby Wood Jr., of the 100 block of Fox Hill Road, Milledgeville.

Wood was formally charged Wednesday afternoon with one count of aggravated assault and one count of murder in connection with the shooting of 35-year-old Aaron Glenn Skinner Jr., said King, who is in charge of the criminal investigation’s division.

After charges were levied against the suspect, he was taken to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center where he was jailed.

The shooting happened about 9:30 p.m. on the 100 block of Fox Hill Road, King said.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they discovered that Skinner had already succumbed to his injuries, according to King. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by Baldwin County Chief Deputy Coroner Ken Garland.

An autopsy was performed Wednesday morning at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory in Macon to determine the cause of death. Authorities are awaiting the results of that report.

Skinner is believed to have died from a bullet wound he sustained to the lower part of his abdomen, King said.

“We (deputies) got called to a suspicious person in the area and then, while the deputy was en route there, we received another call that a person had been shot,” King said.

When Deputy Kevin Veal and Deputy Sgt. Ashley Brown arrived, they discovered the shooting victim’s body in the roadway. 

King said it was about 30 feet from the roadway to a fence on property owned by Wood. 

Asked if Skinner had set foot on Wood’s property before the shooting, King replied, “If he did, it would have been very infrequent, maybe once.”

King said that the two men did not have a relationship that detectives could establish.

“The suspect said the victim came at him and he felt threatened,” King said. “He said he fired an AK-47 pistol at him four times into the ground as a warning.”

The ongoing investigation into the fatal shooting determined that at least seven shots were fired from the gun, King said.

“At least seven rounds were fired and he (Skinner) was struck once,” King said, noting that he believes that wound was caused by a ricochet shot, although that would need to be confirmed by the autopsy. 

The captain of detectives said Skinner was not armed with a weapon but he did have some items in one of his hands.

“So, I’m not completely dismissing what Mr. Wood said,” King said. “At this point right now, we believe it’s a murder case.”

 Before charging Wood with aggravated assault and murder, King said he consulted with the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.

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