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Cedartown man arrested in Alabama murder 

December 4, 2017--7:39 a.m.


A homicide occurred at a residence in the Salem community overnight Saturday (December 2nd)

Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver stated that deputies and investigators responded to a home in the Salem Community and discovered 45-year old Matthew Lee Smith with a gunshot wound to the head.

Cherokee County Coroner Jeremy Deaton pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

Sheriff’s Office investigators assigned to the Major Crimes Unit, Coroner’s Office and the JSU Center for Applied Forensics processed the crime scene.

Chief Investigator Josh Summerford and Investigator Michael Green interviewed the suspect, identified as 19-year-old Matthew Gonzalez, at the Paulding County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office, where he was taken into custody early Sunday morning for DUI by the Georgia State Patrol.

According to Sheriff Shaver, the suspect will be extradited back to Cherokee County on Capital Murder charges, after he bonds out in Paulding County.