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Transient arrested in death of homeless man off Queen City Parkway
Pedro Morales-Valle
Pedro Morales-Valle

A homeless man was charged with fatally shooting another homeless camp resident in the chest May 13 in Gainesville, according to authorities.

Pedro Morales-Valle, 42, was charged with malice murder in the death of Billie Lee Davis, 37, near the Gainesville homeless camp on Aviation Boulevard and Queen City Parkway.

Investigators said Morales-Valle and Davis were living in the same homeless camp. The Sheriff’s Office said they believe Morales-Valle and Davis got into an argument sometime after 2:30 a.m. May 13, and Morales-Valle shot Davis with a small caliber firearm, according to the warrant.

Deputy Coroner Kevin Wetzel said Davis was shot twice.

Davis’s body was found several hours later, just after 8:30 a.m.

Morales-Valle remains in the Hall County Jail with no bond.

Wetzel said it would be another eight to 10 weeks before the autopsy report comes back from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

This is the second homicide in the Gainesville homeless community in roughly seven months.

Leon Hines, sometimes referred to as the “mayor of Queen City” because of his leadership in the homeless camp, was found unconscious Oct. 18 on the railroad tracks near Industrial Boulevard.

The 66-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, and another homeless man, Dexter Pulliam, 51, was charged with malice murder in that case.

According to court records, Morales-Valle was previously accused of pulling a knife on another man May 20, 2020, and striking him with it. 

Morales-Valle pleaded guilty in October 2020 to a count of aggravated assault from that incident, and he was sentenced to six years on probation by Judge David Burroughs.

He was ordered to undergo evaluation and treatment for mental health and anger management, and he was also ordered to apply for housing through Avita, according to court records.

Magistrate Court officials said Morales-Valle has requested a public defender.