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Card game turns deadly: Fight at poker night leads to victim's death, cops say

argument during card game leads to death of georgia man another charged with murder
Source: Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Unsplash

Jun. 3 2021, Published 11:53 a.m. ET

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An argument over a poker game in Georgia led to a 63-year-old man’s death and police say a 41-year-old man has been charged with his murder.

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The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to investigate an aggravated assault case in Bowdon, Georgia, on May 20.

Officials said Sherrod Montgomery, 41, got into a fight with victim Ricky Cox, 63, after an argument broke out during a card game being played at the house.

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According to witnesses, they heard the two men arguing and then saw Montgomery attack Cox by punching and kicking him before flipping a table and proceeding to attack Cox again. Witnesses tried to get Montgomery off Cox.

Montgomery left the house after the fight and witnesses moved Cox from the floor to a couch as they called 911. Cox was not coherent or responsive, authorities said.

Cox was taken to Tanner Medical Center and later died from his injuries, police said.

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After Cox died, a homicide investigation began and it was determined Cox suffered blunt force trauma to the head and torso. His internal injuries included his lungs and heart were lacerated, authorities said.

Police said they interviewed Montgomery on the night of the incident, but he did provide any insight about why he attacked Cox.

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Officials initially charged Montgomery with murder, but an additional charge of malice murder was added once the autopsy on Cox was completed, police said.

Witnesses described Cox as a non-confrontational person and very easygoing and said he would be missed.


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