Death Penalty Sought for Man Accused in Canon Murder

July 29, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White says he plans to seek the death penalty in the January murder of a Canon woman.

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

On February 8th, Franklin County Sheriff 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.

That, Thomas said later 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, SC and returned to Franklin County.

He was denied bond and remains in the Franklin County Detention Center.

Parks said a trial date for Shubert has not yet been set.