On Monday, May 23, a grand jury indicted a Franklin man on one count of murder, stemming from the brutal death of a Cartoogechaye man last year.
Randall Boyd Fouts, 44, has been charged with the first-degree murder of Thomas Larry Ramsey. Fouts was arrested on Tuesday.
Ramsey, who was 61 at the time of his death, was found at his Johnson Road home in the Cartoogechaye community on the morning of Aug. 12. According to his autopsy report, Ramsey died from strangulation by asphyxiation and blunt force trauma to the head. The victim had also reportedly been bound by the hands and feet with electrical chord.
The initial 9-1-1 call was made by a woman who claimed that she was at Ramsey’s residence. Authorities were unable to identify the body when they first arrived on scene. According to early reports by emergency services, the woman explained in the call that when she arrived at the residence, the door was busted open and a man’s body was laying on the floor.
Assistant District Attorney Ashley Hornsby- Welch said the DA’s office intends to seek the death penalty. Superior Court Judge James Downs will make the decision on whether or not he will allow the prosecution to seek the death penalty before the trial date set for later in the summer.
The case was pursued in a joint investigation between the District Attorney’s Office, Macon County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI).
No additional information will be provided, however, the Emergency 9-1-1 tape and Search Warrant from August 2010, were ordered to be unsealed at Fouts’ first appearance and those records are now available through the custodians of those records.
According to a statement by the MCSO, numerous items of evidence have been analyzed by the SBI lab and other items are unde review.
A preliminary report from the lab provided sufficient evidence to indict Fouts at this time due to public safety concerns. Fouts is being held without bond pending the appointment of counsel.
Assistant District Attorney Ashley Hornsby-Welch stated in open court that the DA’s office intends to seek the death penalty. Superior Court Judge James Downs will make the decision on whether or not he will allow the prosecution to seek the death penalty before the trial date set for later in the summer.
Anyone with any information regarding Fouts or the Ramsey homicide is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.