On January 19, 2016, the Supreme Court of Georgia affirmed the felony murder conviction of Joshua Samuel Simpson. Simpson was convicted in the Walker County Superior Court on December 11, 2009 of the August 2008 murder of Michael Wyscaver on Carline Road, Rossville, Georgia. Judge Ralph Van Pelt sentenced Simpson to life in prison.
Simpson killed Mr. Wyscaver by beating him to death with a computer monitor, a computer tower and two-by-fours. Simpson then left Mr. Wyscaver’s body in the vacant house where the assault occurred and where the decomposing body was later discovered.
The defendant was represented by Doug Woodruff of the Public Defender’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Evans with the District Attorney’s Office.