Updated: Sep 9, 2022
Michael Huff (L) Montez Watson (R)
By Joe Johnson
A Barrow county man was recently convicted of murder and concealing the crime by burying the victim's body, according to the Walton County District Attorney’s Office,
After a trial, the jury convicted Michael Brent Huff felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, concealing the death of another, and tampering with evidence.
According to a statement earlier this month by Walton County DA Randy McGinley, trial evidence showed that the charges were based on crimes that began on Feb. 7, 2018, when Huff fatally shot 32-year-old Montez Watson in the chest and back of the head at the Walnut Grove residence of Montez's girlfriend, 46-year-old Jennifer Louise Huff, who is Michael Huff’s wife.
The bathroom, where McGinley said the shooting occurred was cleaned in an attempt to hide evidence of the crime. Huff and an accomplice, Mark Campbell, then took Watson’s body to Huff’s residence off Fleeman Road in Hoschton and buried him in the back yard, McGinley said.
Watson was considered a missing person as the investigation began into his disappearance.
“Due to the tireless work of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Detective Drew Hudson and others, law enforcement was able to locate the site where Watson was buried,” McGinley said. “This and the ongoing investigation led to the arrest of Huff and others. “
A sentencing date for Michael Huff was not immediately scheduled; Jennifer Huff and Mark Campbell are still facing charges in Barrow County in reference to concealing the death of another and tampering with evidence.