Today the Bibb County community remembers the life and legacy of a fallen Deputy. Investigator Joseph Tim Whitehead Jr. lost his life in the line of duty five years ago Wednesday.
“Joseph Whitehead was an incredible, dedicated deputy Sheriff,” remembers Dr. Rick Lanford, Chaplin for the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
“He was a mans man, a deputies deputy. He always was there to help other officers and to be there to fair it out in the crimes and the criminals and do whatever he needed to do,” remembers Chief Deputy David Davis, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Whitehead was the first Bibb County Deputy killed on-duty in more than 80 years.
"He was lighthearted, full of energy and he really wanted to make a difference in ridding our streets of these drugs,” said Dr. Lanford.
Deputy Whitehead used a no-knock warrant to execute a drug raid on March 23, 2006. He was shot twice at the West Macon home. He died doing what he believed was his commitment to the public.
“He really hit his stride in the drug investigation division. He hated criminals. He hated those that are trying to spread poison in our community for his children, all the children in our community,” said Chief Deputy Davis.
Leaders say it's important to remember our fallen heroes, for the department, for the family and for the entire community.
“No family ought to ever experience the heartache of hearing a Chaplin stand at the door and deliver a death notification to a widow. And my blessings are for Jacelyn, for her children and for all the families who have served Bibb County and may their memories always be lasting in our hearts,” said Dr. Lanford.
The two men accused of killing Deputy Whitehead could face the death penalty. Bibb County District Attorney Greg Winters says Antron Dawayne Fair and Damon Antwon Jolly are waiting a hearing on a conflict issue.
In November, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled five to two that the men are eligible for the death penalty, if found guilty.
The defendants both have lawyers from the Georgia Capitol Defenders Office, and Winters says the trial is to determine if this is an issue of conflict since the attorneys work for the state.
The DA's office plans to move forward and pursue the death penalty for both men.