published Friday, February 28th, 2014

Shooter of Chickamauga man with Alzheimer's will not be charged

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    Investigators work at a Cottage Crest Court home near Chickamauga, Ga., where Joe Hendrix shot and killed a man shortly after 4 a.m. on Nov. 27.
    Photo by John Rawlston

The shooter of the man with Alzheimer's disease who died in November will not be charged with a crime.

In a press release, Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Herbert "Buzz" Franklin announced today that he will not pursue charges against Joe Hendrix. In November, Hendrix shot 72-year-old Ronald Westbrook dead at 4 a.m. in Hendrix's backyard.

Westbrook, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, had left his house in the middle of the night. At 4 a.m., he showed up at Hendrix's house in Chickamauga, knocked on the door and rang the bell.

Hendrix's girlfriend called 911. Twelve minutes later, with deputies still on the way, Hendrix walked outside with a gun and shot Westbrook through the chest.

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