Billy Charles Lewallen, 49, has been charged with malice murder and concealing a dead body after a deceased person was found at a Homer residence. The name of the victim has not yet been released.
The Banks County Sheriff’s Office was called to conduct a welfare check at 1151 McDonald Circle at 1 a.m. Thursday.
“The occupants of the residence allowed deputies entry into the residence where they located a deceased person,” Banks County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Carissa McFadden said.
Sheriff Carlton Speed requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation investigate the incident and the events surrounding it. After interviews and an autopsy of the body, Lewallen was arrested.
It is alleged that the body had been in the house for several days.
The body is currently being held at the GBI Crime Lab for identification confirmation. The identity of the deceased is expected to be released early next week.
Additional information will be released as the investigation progresses.