Violence in Cherokee County

Staff Writer: Sydney Torres

An apparent violent front has overcome the local Cherokee County area. On January 3, 2016, 21-year-old Michael Jacobs stabbed his mother in their apartment in Woodstock. Although the incident arose over a domestic dispute, there was no notice of any violence happening during the night of the crime. Neighbors did say, however, that there had been palpable tension between the two in the time preceding the stabbing. Jacobs is being held without bond at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.


Michael Jacobs, accused of stabbing his mother to death on January 3, 2016


On January 7, 2016, there was a shooting off of exit 9 on I-575 Investigators have concluded that this incident was an act of road rage. The suspect, 29-year-old Matthew Kennedy, was arrested on Friday after opening fire on a 50-year-old man. The conflict started when Kennedy began tailgating the victim, who eventually pulled over, only to be followed and shot at by the suspect. The round was fired through the door, one of the bullets hitting the victim’s arm. The victim then drove to a nearby Canton exit and called the police.


Matthew Kennedy, suspect of January 7 shooting on I-575.


Yet another shooting that happened in the past few weeks occurred somewhere near Interstate 75, where the body of Herbert Perkinson III was found on the side if the highway. Perkinson III was beaten up and kidnapped according to his father and was later pronounced dead a few short hours after arriving at the hospital. The occurrence happened sometime between the evening of January 16, 2016 and the morning of January 17, 2016. The victim’s father is pleading to find the killer of the father of two and knows of no reason anyone would have a motive to kill his son.

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