DA Seeks Death Penalty in Canon Murder Case

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White has announced he plans to seek the death penalty for the man charged in the January murder of a Canon woman.

White confirmed last Thursday that he has filed notice that he will seek the death penalty for Brent James Shubert of Canon.

In March, a Franklin County Grand Jury indicted Shubert on one count of malice murder, one count of felony murder and one count of concealing the death of another.

Authorities said on January 28, Shubert strangled his fiancé, 33-year old Bonnie Ann Cooner, with a wire, then threw her body down an abandoned well near their home in Canon.

An intensive search was launched to find Cooner that involved the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, as well as friends and relatives.

On February 8, Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas and GBI Agent in Charge Mike Ayers announced they had gathered evidence that led them to believe foul play was involved in Cooner’s disappearance.

Thomas said later that announcement produced tips that led investigators to discover Cooner’s body the following evening down an abandoned well near her home.

Shubert was arrested several hours later in Anderson, South Carolina and returned to FranklinCounty.

He was denied bond and remains in the FranklinCountyDetentionCenter.

A trial date for Shubert has not yet been set.