FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Matthew Rhinehart Found Guilty of 2012 Murder
Sheriff Mitch Ralston Reports:
This morning a Gordon County jury returned a verdict of ‘guilty’ against Matthew Rhinehart for the murder of his father at their home on Rhinehart Drive in eastern Gordon County on February 20, 2012. Rhinehart was arrested by deputy sheriffs that same day and has been held in custody in the county jail. Rhinehart will be sentenced at a later date.
The case was was investigated by the Sheriff’s Office’s Detective Division, who worked hand in hand with the District Attorney’s Office in the prosecution of Rhinehart. Sheriff Ralston praised District Attorney Rosemary Greene, who tried this case, for her tireless support and advice in the investigative process. The sheriff also praised the arresting deputies, the investigating detectives, and the local GBI agents who assisted with the crime scene. Sheriff Ralston said, “This case was a tragedy, but was brought to a just resolution by a true team effort of several components of our local legal system. It has been presented to a jury composed of our own citizens who’ve heard the case and returned what I believe to be a proper verdict. I commend all of those who were involved in the investigation and prosecution. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family affected by this event.”