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New Year's Eve felony murder suspect turns himself in
Charles Teeple, from the initial arrest
The alleged perpetrator in a New Year's Eve assault at a Wilmington Island restaurant bar has turned himself in on charges of felony murder, among other charges.

Charles Alexander Teeple IV, 19, of Guyton turned himself in to law enforcement yesterday, May 14.

"He was arrested and charged with Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Elder Abuse that stems from an incident on December 31, 2019. Teeple is being held in the Chatham County Detention Center," a Chatham County Police spokesperson says.

On December 31, 2019, the Chatham County Police Department (CCPD) responded to Basil’s on Wilmington Island for a reported assault.

"Bruce Helmly, 66, told officers he had been punched by a man who was identified as Charles Alexander Teeple IV. Helmly refused medical treatment at the time of the incident, however, next morning, he was taken to the hospital after losing consciousness. Helmly died at the hospital on January 8, 2020," police say.

On January 2, prior to Helmly’s death, CCPD arrested Teeple and charged him with Battery. Teeple was posted bond and was released from the Chatham County Detention Center.

"In April, CCPD received additional evidence and subsequently upgraded the charges resulting in three felony arrest warrants for Charles Alexander Jacobson Teeple IV. The charges are O.C.G.A 16-5-1(c) Felony Murder, O.C.G.A 16-5-102 Elder Abuse, and O.C.G.A 16-5-21 Aggravated Assault. Mr. Teeple to turn himself over to CCPD on May 14, 2020 without incident," police report.