MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Macon man is charged with murder after police say he hit a woman in the head with a bat, resulting in her death.
49-year-old John Conover is charged with felony murder, battery, and aggravated assault in connection with the death of 46-year-old Alterese Carter. It happened on Friday night on Mercer Street.
Macon Police say the altercation stemmed from an argument between Conover and Carter's 12-year-old son. Carter's husband was also hit while trying to protect his wife.
Police say Carter was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia after the fight that night by her husband in the family's van. Bibb County Leon Jones says Carter was pronounced dead Saturday night.
Conover's girlfriend, Alicia Wilson says the deadly scene that played out was avoidable.
"If she would've just stopped swinging her life wouldn't have ended. He wouldn't have hurt nobody. He wouldn't have hurt her," says Wilson.
Macon police say Conover hit Carter in the head with a baseball bat after he got into a fight with Carter's 12-year-old son. Eye-witness, Rosalyn Willliams says, that's not exactly what happened.
"He didn't hit her in the head. He did not hit that women in the head, my right hand of god, he did not hit her in the head," says Williams.
Williams says she saw Carter, her two sons, and her husband swinging at Conover. The three boys got in a car, but Carter kept swinging. A bat was thrown at Conover, and he picked it up. Williams says he hit Carter in the forearm and the side.
"She took like two steps and fell backwards."
Williams says all three got out of the car, and one Carter's son's called out, "mama" to an unconscious Carter.
"They picked her up and just put her body in the car."
Police say Carter was driven to the Medical Center of Central Georgia. That's when Wilson says her boyfriend called 911.
"He the one that called the police. They didn't... All he was trying to do was stop her but she just kept on, so he just hit her here and here to defend himself. That's all he was doing was defending