Friends say act of kindness cost Thomson man his life

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November 27, 2006

Family and friends say the murder of a well known youth baseball and football coach in Thomson was senseless.

Friends say Todd Brooks was just trying to help the daughter of a family friend out...but his act of kindness cost him his life.

"Unfortunately, if Todd wasn't such a nice guy, it wouldn't come to this to begin with," Todd's friend Chris Mohr told News 12.

A shooting at a home along Wrens Highway in McDuffie County took Chris' friend's life.

Last Wednesday at about 8 p.m., Todd Brooks went to the highway approximately 3 miles from his home after his wife said she hit a deer.

He wanted to put the deer out of its misery.

"He goes out to kill the deer and sees this girl go into a known drug house, knows the mother and calls the mother," Chris said.

But friends say when Todd requested that the girl come with him, there was an altercation between him and Michael Johnson.

GBI special agent Gary Nicholson's office in Thomson is investigating.

"It was an altercation between the two of them that ended with the shooting," he told News 12.

"All I know is there's a problem," Chris Mohr said. "I know a guy shot a guy a bunch of times and the guy had three kids and a lovely wife that's left behind."

Michael Johnson was in court for his first appearance on Friday. He remains in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center.