Ruby Kate Coursey was charged with felony murder and neglect of a disabled adult in connection with the death of 33-year-old Troymaine Johnson. Johnson had been an ex of Coursey's, and was a paraplegic whose legs and one arm were totally paralyzed. Many think she killed him by leaving him to freeze to death in the woods.
“He was totally immobile. … There was absolutely no way he’d be able to get out of there or call for help," said Sheriff Dan Kilgore to PEOPLE. Kilgore went on to explain that Coursey seems to have dropped Johnson off on a small dirt road in the middle of a hunting area in Upson County, Middle Georgia. Johnson was last seen alive on March 14th and was found dead on March 17th. Investigators found him to have died of hypothermia.
The night of Johnson's death temperatures dropped to the 20s. “That would have been a very painful way to meet your demise,” Kilgore added. “I can’t imagine how he must have felt.”
Coursey was arrested after she “showed up to her brother’s home and [said] she had left [Johnson] in the woods, that she’d done a bad thing," said police. She was taken into custody for an outstanding probation warrant and had not been charged in his death until the autopsy tests were concluded, according to 13WMAZ.
A motive is still unknown.
Coursey had been described as a passionate and funny man with a talent for rapping.
“From a human perspective, it’s tragic and painful to see someone suffer like that," concluded Kilgore.
[Photo: Upson County Sheriff]