Two witnesses in a murder case were jailed Tuesday on perjury charges while the man charged in the stabbing death of his adult son awaits a judge's decision on bond.
Bulloch County Superior Court Judge William J. Woodrum has not yet announced a decision regarding a bond request by James William Harvey, 45, of Longwood Drive, charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and tampering with evidence after the May 27 stabbing death of his son, Eric Brennon Harvey, 27, of Lee Road in Pembroke, Bulloch County sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Akins said.
However, during the bond hearing Monday, Eric Harvey's girlfriend, Jessica Lynne Lank, 24, of Old Groover Mill Road, and another witness, Jordan Tyler Everett, 21, of Longwood Drive, were both arrested on charges of falsifying statements and concealing facts as well as perjury, he said.
"The information they gave (immediately after Harvey was killed) was not the same as it was on the (witness stand in court)," he said. "The version of events they gave (during initial investigations)"drastically changed at the bond hearing."
James Harvey was jailed Monday, May 27, after his son, Eric Brennon Harvey, died at East Georgia Regional Medical Center following a domestic disturbance at the father's home, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson in a statement released later that day.
James Harvey was charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and tampering with evidence the following Wednesday after an autopsy by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Coastal Regional Crime Lab, which ruled Eric Harvey's manner of death to be homicide, he said.
Alcohol was a factor in the stabbing death, according to the sheriff's office, which stemmed from a domestic disturbance between the father and son at the father's home, according to the sheriff's office.
The elder Harvey was taken into custody after discrepancies were found between evidence and information given to Bulloch County 911 when someone called for assistance after the incident.
Akins said there were several discrepancies between Lank's and Everett's initial accounts of what happened that day, and what they said happened during court Monday. Akins declined to say what those discrepancies were, citing the ongoing investigation and that the case is pending in court.
Anyone with further information regarding this case is asked to contact Bulloch County sheriff's Investigator Dusty Williams at (912) 764-1703 or submit an anonymous tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.