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Man accused of killing wife caught, bound for hospital

Jerome Ray Mobley, wanted in connection with the death of his wife in Walton County earlier this week, was taken into custody Friday afternoon, Sheriff Joe Chapman told Channel 2 Action News.

He was found off Hestertown Road in Walton County. 

Mobley is “very badly hurt” and is being taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, Chapman said.

His condition is critical but stable, Chapman said Saturday.

“He was seen behind a house on Hestertown Road. As the homeowner attempted to approach him, the homeowner heard a gunshot,” the sheriff said. “The homeowner called 911 and waited with the suspect until help arrived.”

Earlier in the week, the U.S. Marshals Service was asked to join the manhunt for Mobley. The sheriff said marshals were called in “due to the probability of (Mobley) fleeing the area and/or state.”

Morgan County officials offered a $2,500 reward for Mobley’s capture, bringing the total reward to $5,000.

ALSO: New photos released of man wanted in wife’s death

Mobley’s wife died shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday on Knox Chapel Road east of Social Circle, officials said. Mobley and his wife, whose name has not been released, may have exchanged gunfire, Channel 2 Action News reported. 

Authorities found Mobley’s truck abandoned on Knox Chapel Road on the Walton County/Morgan County line.

Mobley is charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and two counts of first-degree cruelty to children.

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