According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, on Monday, May 31, deputies responded to 131 Whispering Pines Lane, White, in reference to an altercation in which a man had been stabbed.
Deputies who first responded to the scene reported it appeared someone had attempted to clean up blood in the residence, and there were several blood-soaked towels and blood-smeared areas in the home, the incident report said.
Millsap said Wednesday a fight had occurred at the home and as a result Jason Champion, 36, was stabbed numerous times. When asked the sheriff would not confirm how many times Champion was stabbed or where, pending his office receiving a copy of autopsy results.
A woman identifying herself as Champion's sister told The Daily Tribune News last month that Champion had sustained nine stab wounds to the lower back and a wound to the forehead that required eight stitches.
Champion was taken to Floyd Medical Center, where he was treated and hospitalized in intensive care. He died Friday while still at Floyd Medical Center.
Last month, BCSO officials had said the agency was waiting to speak with Champion before proceeding with the case. At that time, Criminal Investigation Division Commander Maj. Doug Duncan said investigators believe the incident, which involved alcohol, to be one of family violence.
Millsap said Wednesday investigators were never able to speak with the victim or take a statement.
"We received a lot of conflicting statements," Millsap said.
He said the BCSO had waited until they could confirm the victim's wounds were not inflicted in self-defense before issuing warrants. "The autopsy confirmed it."
Investigators have charged Andrew Ray Bartholomew, 21, of 131 Whispering Pines Lane, White, with one count of murder.
Bartholomew, who was out of town when warrants were taken, turned himself into the Bartow County Jail on Tuesday.
The investigation is ongoing and further arrest warrants could be taken.