Cold case: Do you have the information to help solve a 1980 Walton County homicide


On June 13, 1980, Monroe resident Ralph Ramey and several other individuals were present at a residence located on Green Street in the city of Monroe. The residence at the time was well known in the area as a “shot house,” wherein alcohol was being sold without a license to local residents.

A 911 call from the residence at approximately 12:30 p.m. resulted in Monroe Police being dispatched to the address and learning that two black males had entered the home displaying handguns, thereafter conducting an armed robbery of the patrons.

A struggle ensued and two shots were fired by the perpetrators, one of which struck Ramey. The assailants fled the scene in a 1978 or 79 Silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo, reportedly driven by a third suspect. Monroe Police Investigators and Agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation immediately initiated an active homicide investigation.

After a year of work, no solid or fresh leads were developed as to the identity of the assailants. The case went “cold”. The perpetrators were described as a light skinned black male, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, the second, a dark skinned black male, 5 feet, 6 inches tall.

Anyone with knowledge of this homicide or the identity/whereabouts of “Gator” should contact Walton County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Michael Rising at 770-266-1558 and leave a message or email All contacts will be kept confidential.

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