Georgia Man Beats 63-Year-Old to Death in Card Game Argument, Police Say

A Georgia man has been arrested after allegedly beating a man to death in an argument over a card game.

Sherrod Montgomery, 41, from Carrollton, has been charged with murder following an incident at a house in the 100 block of Kent Avenue in Bowdon on May 20.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said they were requested by the Bowdon Police Department to assist in investigating what appeared to be an aggravated assault at the address.

Police said Montgomery got into a physical altercation with the victim, 63-year-old Ricky Cox, from Bowdon, after an argument began during a card game at the residence.

The pair are said to have started arguing while playing cards, before Montgomery started kicking and punching Cox, flipping a table and then carrying on attacking Cox again.

The assault continued, even while others at the house at the time tried to intervene and pull the suspect away.

Montgomery left the residence after the fight with Cox, who by that time was not coherent or conscious, and was being moved from the floor to the couch while the others contacted 911.

Cox was transported to Tanner Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The Carroll County Sheriff's launched a homicide investigation after Cox's death.

"During the course of this extensive investigation, it was determined Cox suffered blunt force trauma to the head and torso that subsequently resulted in his lung and heart being lacerated, which were determined to be contributing factors in his death," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

Montgomery was interviewed the night of Cox's death, but did not tell police what happened during the card game that caused him to allegedly attack Cox.

Montgomery was initially charged with murder, but is now facing an additional charge of malice murder after investigators received the medical examiner's report for Cox.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said charges of malice murder can be brought forward against a suspect where no considerable provocation appears and all circumstances of the killing show "an abandoned and malignant heart."

"Cox was described by the witnesses as a non-confrontational person and extremely easy going, and that he will be missed by all who knew him," the Carroll County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

"We asked that everyone keep his family in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

Montgomery was booked into the Carroll County jail, where he remains without bond.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office has been contacted for further comment.

Sherrod Montgomery card game murder
Sherrod Montgomery, has been charged with murder and malice murder following the alleged attack. Carroll County Sheriff’s Office