A Roopville man shot and killed his 29-year-old nephew after the two fought during a family Thanksgiving gathering on Friday, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said.

Jacky Junior Cline, 52, has been charged with murder in the death of Nicholas Madden, 29, of Bowdon.

“Cline and his nephew, Madden, were attending a Thanksgiving gathering on Coral Drive in Whitesburg when they had a conversation which escalated into a physical altercation,” said Carroll County Sheriff’s Sgt. Marc Griffith. “It was a little after 7 p.m. and during the incident, Cline had gone to his vehicle and Madden had followed. Cline then introduced a gun into the situation.”

Griffith said Cline fired a single shot to Madden’s chest, killing him. Madden was pronounced dead at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton.

“The incident is still under investigation and we will evaluate all the circumstances,” said Griffith. “Cline was arrested and charged with one count of murder and the case will be forwarded to the district attorney for further evaluation.”

Griffith said that there was evidence of alcohol contributing to the incident.

“It’s pitiful,” said Griffith. “This is just another example why guns and alcohol don’t go well together.”

Madden was married and had a son and two daughters.

“This was a family tragedy beyond description,” said Carrollton defense attorney Jason W. Swindle Sr., who is representing Cline. “I pray for the entire Madden family as they grieve the loss of Nicholas Reid Madden. I cannot imagine their level of pain. I also pray for my client, Jacky Junior, and his family.

“Fortunately, Junior, a law-abiding and non-violent lineman at Carroll EMC, has the support of this community as he faces charges stemming from the incident. As the facts, evidence, and all circumstances surrounding the incident become revealed, the truth will naturally follow. Jacky Junior did not commit the criminal offense of murder.”


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