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Axe murder trial underway in Pickens court

Defense says no body means no murder while prosecutor says accused admits he hit victim in head with axe


Byers-1The case against 34-year-old Christopher Byers accused of murdering his friend Ray Walnoha in 2014 opened Tuesday morning in Pickens County Superior Court. It is expected to continue through the week.

Byers, a resident of Gilmer County, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include malice murder, aggravated assault, concealing a body, and aggravated battery, among others. Law enforcement officials believe Byers murdered Walnoha sometime between July 10 and July 28th of 2014 at a residence on Cove Road in Jasper. 

At right, jail book in photo of Christopher Byers.

See complete story of this week's court action in today's print or e-edition.


Previous coverage

Two charged in axe murder - December 2016

Griffith pleads guilty to hiding body - April 2018