On May 7, 2015, Joshua Michael Fowler entered a plea of guilty to the murder of his grandmother, Joyce Fowler. The plea was accepted by Superior Court Judge Jon B. Wood who sentenced the defendant to serve the remainder of his natural life in prison pursuant to the recommendation made by the State. The facts from the joint investigation conducted by the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation revealed that the defendant had went to his grandmother’s residence in Chickamauga, Georgia, on or about March 30, 2014, to obtain money to pay various bills he owed for utilities and rent. The defendant, who had a history of drug abuse, became angry when his grandmother refused to give him money and commented on his disheveled appearance. The defendant grabbed a nearby metal pipe and struck his grandmother in the head several times, resulting in her death. The defendant was represented by Ringgold attorney McCracken Poston. The State was represented by District Attorney Herbert E. (Buzz) Franklin.