Three people face murder charges after being indicted by a Forsyth County Grand Jury for the stabbing death of a 35-year-old man whose body was found in northeast Forsyth at the beginning of the year.
Ryan Lee Spark, a Hall County resident who was 29 at the time of his Jan. 9 arrest, Forsyth resident Tonya Jane Tidwell, who was 32 in January, and Jimmy Lee Winkles, who was 23 then, face one count each of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated battery, according to an Aug. 14 bill of indictment.
According to court documents, the three are accused of stabbing David Eric Guice on Dec. 29, 2016 and of “striking him with an object unknown to the members of the Grand Jury.”
The felony murder and aggravated battery counts state they rendered Guice’s brain and lung “useless.”
Guice’s body was found on Odyssey Trail, off Pea Ridge Road, which connect Jot Em Down and Hwy. 53 on Jan. 5.
Tidwell and Spark were arrested on Jan. 7, while Winkles was found at a home in Banks County the next day. Officials at the time said Winkles is known as a drifter who has temporarily lived in Hall, Banks and Union counties.
“Deputies at the scene recalled a recent traffic stop and arrest that had been made a few days prior near” the place Guice’s body was found, according to Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, at the time.
A search of those records reportedly revealed Tidwell had given her home address as the same location where he was found. Tidwell was arrested during the traffic stop for driving on a suspended license.
Tidwell and Spark were also indicted on Aug. 14, along with William Matthew Smith, for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug-related objects on Dec. 30, 2016.
Forsyth County Superior Court Chief Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley is presiding over the cases, for which arraignment has been set for 9 a.m. on Sept. 6.