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Murder trial set for suspected killer accused of strangling young mom & throwing her under bridge

A Georgia man accused of killing a young mother and dumping her body under a bridge two years ago is scheduled to face trial this month.

The Covington News reports that the trial for James Gary Hill III is scheduled to begin on July 15 at the Covington courthouse in Newton County. Hill is facing charges of murder and concealing a death.

According to court documents, Hill is accused of strangling his girlfriend, Kelly Marshall, on August 17, 2017, then hiding her body under the Mount Tabor Road bridge in Newton County. Kayakers discovered Kelly close to the Yellow River, an area Hill was known to frequent. His nickname was spray painted on a nearby bridge at the time.

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James Hill [Police Handout]
Hill was arrested the following day on traffic and parole violation stemming from a previous aggravated assault conviction. He was subsequently sent to prison in December 2017.

In February 2018, after a lengthy investigation, authorities arrested Hill in connection with Kelly’s death.

Friends described Kelly as a kind “outgoing” person who was cherished by her loved ones. She left behind two small children.

“Outgoing, very caring; she’ll give you the shirt off her back,” friend Lauren Martin said, according to 11Alive. “She was well-loved and great mother and a great person.”

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[Feature Photo: Kelly Marshall/Handout]