GBI arrests Pulaski County man for 2002 triple homicide
REBECCA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Pulaski County man was arrested Wednesday in connection to the deaths of three people in March 2002.
A Georgia Bureau of Investigation news release said Jason Michael Walker (47) is charged with murder for the deaths of Thomas Wideman (51), his wife Deborah Wideman (48), and their daughter Melissa Wideman (20). Walker is also charged with feticide for the death of Melissa Wideman’s unborn child, aggravated assault, and arson.
Walker was “determined to be the child’s biological father”, according to the news release.
Authorities booked Walker into the Turner County Jail.
Truck driver spots fire
On March 22, 2002, the Turner County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office responded to a house fire on GA Hwy 112 in Rebecca. A passerby reported the fire while driving his truck.
Three bodies were discovered inside, as well as the body of Melissa Wideman’s unborn child. Autopsies revealed the three adults had been shot and died prior to the fire.
The initial investigation developed possible suspects, but no one was charged.
Case reassigned more than 12 years later
Police reassigned the case on December 9, 2014. During the investigation, a new witness contacted law enforcement and identified a white male leaving the scene of the home. The witness said the male was there during the time frame in which the murders happened.
“This new information corroborated the evidence obtained during the initial investigation and the follow-up investigation conducted by the GBI and Turner County Sheriff’s Office,” the release said.
A Turner County Grand Jury met on December 1, 2020. They returned a True Bill on the indictment, charging Jason Michael Walker.
The Tifton Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office is now handling the case. Call the GBI Region 13 Office at (478) 987-4545 if you have additional information.