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Three, including Hall man, indicted in northeast Forsyth stabbing

Three people, including at least one from Hall County, have been indicted on murder charges in Forsyth County in the stabbing death of a 35-year-old man whose body was found in northeast Forsyth at the beginning of the year.

According to an Aug. 14 indictment by the Forsyth County Grand Jury, the following people face one count each of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated battery: Ryan Lee Spark, a Hall County resident who was 29 at the time of his Jan. 9 arrest, Forsyth County resident Tonya Jane Tidwell, who was 32 at the time, and Jimmy Lee Winkles, who was 23 at the time and is known as a drifter who has lived in Hall, Banks and Union counties.

The three are accused of stabbing David Eric Guice on Dec. 29, 2016, and of “striking him with an object unknown to the members of the Grand Jury.”

The felony murder and aggravated battery counts state the suspects rendered Guice’s brain and lung “useless.”

Guice’s body was found Jan. 5 on Odyssey Trail off Pea Ridge Road, which connects Jot Em Down and Dawsonville Highway/Ga. 53.

Tidwell and Spark were arrested Jan. 7, while Winkles was found at a home in Banks County the next day.

“Deputies at the scene recalled a recent traffic stop and arrest that had been made a few days prior near” the place Guice’s body was found, according to Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, at the time.

A search of those records reportedly revealed Tidwell had given her home address as the same location where he was found. Tidwell was arrested during the traffic stop for driving on a suspended license.

Tidwell and Spark were also indicted on charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug-related objects on Dec. 30, 2016.

Forsyth County Superior Court Chief Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley is presiding over the cases, for which arraignment has been set for 9 a.m. Sept. 6.

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