published Friday, June 20th, 2014

Convicted Dalton murderer faces life in prison

A Dalton, Ga., man is headed to prison for life after a jury convicted him of murder this week.

In addition to a murder charge, the jury also convicted 48-year-old Frank Bozzie of aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and family violence battery at the end of his trial on Thursday.

According to a release from Conasauga Judicial Circuit District Attorney Bert Poston, Bozzie killed a man after a dispute with his ex-girlfriend. On June 10, 2013, Bozzie rammed his truck into Richard Holbrook and Jennifer Verner’s van at the McDonald’s on East Walnut Avenue. He then smashed their van with a baseball bat and confronted Varner, a former love interest.

After witnesses called the police, according to the release, Bozzie drove to Richard Morgan’s house, where Varner’s children were staying. Bozzie revved his engine and argued with Morgan. When Morgan called 911, Bozzie ran over him and dragged him 30 feet.

Morgan died from mechanical asphyxiation, the exhaust from the engine filling his lungs.

Bozzie’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 1. He faces either life in prison, or life in prison without parole.

Bozzie’s arguments with former lovers has led to violence in the past. In 1996, he assaulted his ex-wife and then tried to ram his truck into a deputy’s vehicle. In 2006, he was convicted of assaulting another ex-wife.

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