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South Forsyth man charged in fatal shooting of longtime girlfriend's adult son
Huffman Frank Eugene

SOUTH FORSYTH — A 25-year-old man succumbed to his wounds at an area hospital Wednesday night after being shot in his mother’s south Forsyth home, authorities said.

The death of James Tanner Conrad — the second shooting of the week in Forsyth — was the result of a physical domestic fight, according to Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

In Wednesday’s incident, deputies responded about 10:15 p.m. to the home on Quail Hollow Drive, where they found Conrad lying in the living room and quickly arrested Frank Huffman, 57.

Huffman was taken to the Forsyth County Detention Center, where he is being held without bond on charges of murder and aggravated assault.

According to Rainwater, Huffman is the 12-year, live-in boyfriend of the victim’s mother, 60-year-old Sherry Conrad.

The elder Conrad was taken to North Fulton Hospital with a bruise to her head, which Rainwater said she suffered while attempting to break up the fight.

Her son was taken to the same hospital, but did not survive the gunshot wound.

Alcohol is thought to have been a factor in the incident, Rainwater said, although the investigation is continuing.

No personal information, including whether Huffman has any prior arrests or how long he lived in the county, was immediately known.

To have two shootings — one an attempted homicide and the second fatal — in the same week is unusual for Forsyth, Rainwater said. There was one slaying all of last year.