Arrest made in November homicide; original suspect’s murder charge dropped


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Bibb County Sheriff’s Office investigators made an arrest Thursday in connection to a November 22 shooting death at an apartment complex.

A sheriff’s office news release said 22-year-old Jamal DeShawn Roundtree was arrested and charged with homicide and party to a crime after “new evidence evolved” in the death of 49-year-old Romero Gonzalez.

The release said the murder charge against 37-year-old Guadalupe Hernandez Perez, who was originally taken into custody, was dropped after investigators worked with the District Attorney’s Office. Perez is still in custody at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center for an unrelated charge. Perez has a hold by U.S. Immigration.

The investigation revealed that several men were gathered near Gonzalez’s vehicle at Riverbend Apartments on Mercer University Drive the night of the shooting and that one of the men approached Gonzalez, robbed him and then shot him.

Investigators identified Roundtree as one of the men present when the robbery and shooting happened. He was interviewed and taken into custody and is being held without bond.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 310 Tucker Sargent joined the 41NBC news team in April 2012. He's from Alabama, but you won't catch him saying "Roll Tide!" Tucker grew up near Auburn before moving to north Alabama. He graduated from Danville High School in 2007 and loves to return to the Tennessee Valley any chance he gets. He moved back south to Troy, Alabama after high school, where he graduated from Troy University in 2011 with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism. He interned in Huntsville at WAAY-TV before joining 41NBC. His passion is sports, and his favorite teams are the Auburn Tigers and Troy Trojans. On the weekends you can catch Tucker watching college football on Saturdays and NASCAR on Sundays! He's proud to call middle Georgia home for now and could always use a story idea from you, so don't hesitate to get in touch with him!