Ohio man accused of killing 2 other Ohioans while in Georgia

QUITMAN, Ga. (AP) — An Ohio man has been charged with murder in the deaths of two other Ohioans who were shot to death while they were all visiting south Georgia.

Kenny Pruitt, 36, of Cleveland, was charged Wednesday with two counts each of felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a gun while committing a crime and possession of a gun by a convicted felon, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

Pruitt was accused of fatally shooting John Timothy Thompson, 56, of East Liverpool, Ohio, and Deshaun Lamar Scott, 36, of Cleveland. The two men were found dead Wednesday on a dirt road about 5 miles (8 kilometers) southwest of Quitman.

Pruitt and three other men arrived in Quitman on Sunday from the Cleveland area, investigators said. One of the victims came to Quitman, just north of the Florida state line, to visit relatives, said GBI agent Jamy Steinberg. The others accompanied him.

Online jail records show Pruitt remains jailed without bail Friday in Brooks County. Autopsies of Thompson and Scott were scheduled for Friday.

Jared Basulto told WALB-TV he was working in a field when Pruitt came out the woods with hands up and blood on his shirt.

“Next thing I know, he tells me he shot his friends because they were trying to shoot him first or something like that,” Basulto said.

Basulto said he was calling a coworker when Pruitt turned and ran toward a railroad track. Basulto said officers found Pruitt more than 2 miles away in a peanut field.


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