With help from cell phone tracking, Cobb County police have identified the man accused of stabbing another man 32 times, causing his death in January.
But Johnathan Allan Wheeler, 31, of Stockbridge, is already in jail in Macedonia, Ohio, on unrelated charges, Sgt. Dana Pierce said Wednesday. It’s not known when Wheeler will be returned to Georgia. But when he is returned, he will be booked into the Cobb jail on murder and aggravated assault charges, according to police.
Wheeler is accused of killing Jerry L. Moore, 46, in January inside Moore’s east Cobb County home. On Jan. 27, investigators were called to Moore’s home in the 2800 block of Gracewood Drive, off Holly Springs Road, where they found him dead. He had been stabbed 32 times, according to Wheeler’s arrest warrant.
Investigators relied on cell phone data and statements to a witness to file charges against Wheeler, the warrant states.
“The accused’s cell phone data puts him at the location of the incident scene during the time of the murder,” the warrant states. “Further, the accused made admissions to a witness, and the accused’s weapon of choice for prior crimes including robbery has been a knife.”
Wheeler spent nearly nine years in state prison following a conviction for armed robbery, aggravated assault and attempted armed robbery, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Moore, an Ohio native, worked for Disney Vacations and was a co-owner of a Woodstock bakery, according to his online obituary.