Graduation party dispute in South Georgia turns violent

REIDSVILLE — An argument ad a graduation party led to charges of aggravated battery for two Georgia men.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested 19-year-old Elijah Harston King for aggravated battery. The previous day, the GBI arrested 35-year-old Reece Steven Cole for aggravated battery as well. 

According to the GBI, preliminary information reveals that on Sunday, July 26, 2020, between midnight and 2:00 a.m., 23-year-old Christopher Bailey Swope was located at a home on Carters Court in Reidsville, where he was attacked and severely beaten by Cole, who is the owner of the residence, and King.


GBI officials say Cole forced Swope to remain at the residence and to apologize on video for an argument that occurred earlier in the night at a graduation party in Cobbtown.

Numerous interviews were conducted with witnesses to the incident and the information developed during the investigation is consistent with the statement provided by Swope immediately following the incident.

Both King and Cole were booked into the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office.     

This GBI investigation remains active and ongoing.  Anyone with information about this case can contact the GBI at (912) 871-1121.



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