Police ID bodies in 2 Cobb shooting deaths

Police have identified the man’s body that was found slumped against the front door of a Cobb County residence Wednesday morning.

Anton Balentay Watson, 35, of Smyrna, was dead from an apparent gunshot wound, Cobb police Sgt. Dana Pierce said in a news release Thursday. The residence was on Golden Pine Road near Austell.

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Police think Watson was connected with a car that was abandoned near the intersection of Cityview Drive and Golden Pine Road, Pierce said. The car was stolen, according to a police check Wednesday.

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Also, Cobb police said a Marietta man was found dead Oct. 19 about 9 p.m. on Austell Road near Milford Elementary School in Marietta. The body of Rogelio Gonzalez Chairez, 51, was on the sidewalk near the intersection with Dorothy Drive, dead of a gunshot wound, Pierce said.

The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office has taken custody of the bodies and will rule on the official manner and cause of the deaths.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 770-499-3945. Tipsters can also remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting

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