Suspect arrested in murder at Paulding County subdivision

James Graham Ward (Paulding County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies have arrested a suspect for the murder of a man in a Paulding County subdivision Wednesday night.

Officials with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office say deputies were called to 25 Lanier Court in Hiram, Wednesday at around 8:30 p.m.

When they got to the scene, deputies found the body of 21-year-old Brian Perry Belin Jr. in the tennis court and pool area of the subdivision.

Despite life-saving efforts, Belin was pronounced dead at the scene due to multiple gunshot wounds.

According to witnesses, Belin and a suspect, identified as 19-year-old James Graham Ward, got into a dispute near the tennis courts of the subdivision. The argument turned violent when deputies say Ward shot Belin multiple times before fleeing.

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Thursday morning, deputies were able to find and arrest Ward at a home in Dallas, Georgia.

Ward is currently in the Paulding County Jail with no bond under a felony murder charge.

If you have any information about the shooting please call the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at (770) 443-3015 or the anonymous tip line at (770) 443-3047.  

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