Newnan man shot and killed in bar dispute over woman

The shooting happened just before 11 p.m. Saturday at the Corner Tavern on Newnan Crossing Bypass.

Newnan police spokeswoman Gina Snider said James Christopher Johnson III, 25, of Newnan was shot once in the chest by Adam Lee Edmondson, 26, of Hogansville.

The victim and suspect had gotten into an argument in front of the bar on Friday night over "Edmondson reportedly looking at Johnson's girlfriend inappropriately," Snider said. "The argument did not get physical and was ended when Edmondson's friend took him away and the two left the area."

Saturday night, Johnson and his girlfriend returned to the Corner Tavern, and were at the bar for about an hour when Edmondson approached the woman on the outside patio, Snider said.

"After several attempts to tell Edmondson to leave her alone, she requested one of her friends to go get Johnson and the two security guards for assistance," Snider said.

She said that when Johnson confronted Edmondson on the patio, there was some shoving and Edmondson pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and fired one shot at Johnson, striking him in the center of his chest.

"Edmondson was then taken to the ground by security and held until police arrived," Snider said.

Johnson was pronounced dead at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. Edmondson was arrested and charged with murder.

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