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Third suspect arrested for murder of man in northeast Forsyth
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A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 35-year-old man that occurred in northeast Forsyth last week.

Jimmie Lee Winkles, 23, was found at a home in Banks County Jan. 8 and charged with aggravated assault and felony murder, according to Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

Two other suspects, 32-year-old Tonya Tidwell, of Forsyth County, and 29-year-old Ryan Spark, were arrested Saturday.

They have all been accused of murdering David Eric Guice, 35, who was reportedly found on Odyssey Trail, off Pea Ridge Road, which connects Jot Em Down Road and Hwy. 53, on Jan. 5, Rainwater previously told the Forsyth County News.

"Deputies at the scene recalled a recent traffic stop and arrest that had been made a few days prior near this location," he said.

A search of those records reportedly revealed a female had given her home address as the same location as where the body was found.

It was not immediately clear how the murder occurred or for what reason.

Rainwater said the suspects' booking photos are being withheld for the time being due to details of the investigation, which remains active and which is expected to be fleshed out this week.

All three are being held in the Forsyth County Jail.

Winkles was found through an investigation aided by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force and the Banks County Sheriff's Office and reportedly did not resist arrest once located.

"During the course of this investigation, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Unit was working with local authorities in extreme north Georgia," Rainwater said. "We were aware of his general location and knew he was not in Forsyth County. This investigation has been conducted around the clock in order to locate him."

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Scene Unit has processed the scene for evidence and transported the body to its crime lab to determine the cause of death.