Three charged with murder in Madison Co. domestic argument that turned deadly


Cherie Monaco

By Joe Johnson

Three Madison County residents have been charged with murder in connection with the death of a man who collapsed during a domestic argument and later died, according to the county's sheriff’s office.

According to a Tuesday afternoon media release, Cherie Monaco, 53; Angel Jones, 31; and Joseph Johnson,19, all of Fennell Lane in Colbert, were each charged with felony murder, first-degree burglary, and felony exploitation of a disabled or elderly person.


Angel Jones
Joseph Johnson

The charges stem from an argument that occurred on August 17 at the Fennell Lane home involving 77-year-old Franklin Monaco, who suffered a medical emergency during the altercation and died on Aug. 24.

According to the sheriff’s office, Cherie Monaco was the daughter of the victim and Jones and Johnson were the victim’s grandchildren.

“After investigation by Madison County Investigators along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and consultation with the Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney all three defendants were charged with the aforementioned offenses,” the release stated.

The three suspects were being detained pending a bond hearing.