Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. -- The suspects accused of killing a man at a home on Keron Way Wednesday morning have been identified.
Michael Wickert, 48, was pronounced dead at 8:15 a.m. Wickert was found dead in a bathtub, suspected of blunt force trauma to his head. His cause of death is still under investigation.
On Wednesday night, Richmond County investigators arrested Joseph Leon Guerrero and Leslie Blair in connection to the murder. Leon Guerrero was charged with murder and theft by taking motor vehicle and Blair was charged with murder.
Wickert’s car, a white 1987 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 Iroc Z edition, has been reported missing. The car has T-tops, low-profile tires and a sticker on the rear glass that says "Bad boys drive bad toys." The Georgia license plate number is BIR3427.
Wickert's body will undergo an autopsy on Thursday.
Next-door neighbor Hilda Welch told News 12, "About 5 o'clock, a girl comes running in the house and my son let her in, and I got up and I said, 'I don't want her here, I don't want nothing to do with them over there, they're trouble, they're trouble.'"
The woman Welch is talking about was in trouble herself. Welch has lived on Keron Way for 14 years. She says Wednesday morning a woman came into her home asking for help.
"It's cold -- she was shaking, shaking, and so I gave her a pink blanket to put around herself," Welch said.
Sandra Lashley lives next door as well.
"She didn't say anything, she just said there was a fight over there," she said.
For most of the day, crime scene investigators combed the home. Cones dotted the front yard marking tire tracks, shoe prints and any evidence to try to piece together just what happened inside this home that left Wickert dead in a bathtub.
"They took off and revved the engine real loud and spun out of here like crazy," Lashaley said.
Lashley said she woke up to her dog and someone driving away from that home recklessly.
"We've had problems with them before," she said.
Lashley feared she knew the man who investigators say was murdered. It turns out that she does.
As for Welch, she says she will just continue to keep her distance.
"I don't want anything to do with them, they're trouble," she said.
News 12 will keep you updated as more information comes into the newsroom.