BREAKING: Carroll County teen in custody following weekend murder

Note: The following was provided by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office for publication:

Paulding Deputies arrest a Carroll County teenager for the murder of a Paulding County teen yesterday afternoon.  On Saturday September 24, 2022 at 3:32 PM a 911 call was placed to Paulding E-911 regarding an assault in progress where a person was shot at 197 Southern Oaks Drive Dallas, GA 30157 (Southern Oaks Subdivision).   

When Deputies arrived at the residence, they discovered that the male suspect had fled the scene in a vehicle prior to their arrival.  They also found that the victim was located in the loft apartment (of a detached garage on the property) with an apparent gun shot wound to the chest.  When Fire and EMS personnel arrived, they treated and transported the victim, later identifed as a white male juvenile (17 YOA), to Wellstar Paulding Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Paulding Detectives, along with Agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), immediately developed a suspect in the case.  Thus far, Detectives and Agents have not been able to determine what lead up to the shooting and are still unclear as to why the suspect shot the victim. 

Paulding Deputies, with the assistance of the United States Marshal’s Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFT), were able to make contact with the suspect and encourge him to turn himself in. 

On Sunday September 25, 2022 at approximately 9:00 PM, Carson Nathanial Kennedy (W/M, 17 YOA) turned himself into Paulding and SERFT Deputies at the Sheriff’s Office where he was taken into custody without incident. 

Kennedy has been charged with Murder (F) thus far.  Detectives and Agents anticipate more charges in the coming days as the investigation develops.  Kennedy is being held in the Paulding County Jail without bond. 

Detectives and Agents want to encourage anyone who may any information about this incident to contact them at the Criminal Investigations Tip Line at (770) 443-3047 or via the Paulding Sheriff mobile app.

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