Local man indentified as murder victim

By Terri Flagg - and staff - [email protected]



The victim of a Williams County murder has been identified as a Wauseon man. Officials identified the victim as Jonathan M. Hofner, 28, a 2005 graduate of Wauseon High School.

Bradley Steven Gilbert, 22, of Montpelier, who has been charged with aggravated murder, was held in Surry County Detention Center in North Carolina and waived extradition to Ohio.

Gilbert was charged with aggravated murder — which indicates the alleged murder was intentional — after admitting to Surry County investigators that he had killed a man in Montpelier and officers there found a body in the location Gilbert had described.

Surry County Sheriff Graham Atkinson said that a charge of resisting a public officer stemming from Gilbert’s arrest will be dropped.

“We’re dismissing the charge to speed up the process with the aggravated murder charge,” Atkinson said.

Dan McGee, Montpelier police chief, confirmed the victim was found with a gunshot wound, but declined to comment on the shot’s location.

McGee said that Gilbert had some minor incidents on his criminal record, “but nothing of any large degree.”

Surry County officers became involved after receiving two calls late Sunday night, according to a statement released by the sheriff’s office.

The first was from a male caller from a residence on West Pine Street, in Lowgap, who stated that he had “done something bad,” and needed to talk to an officer, but hung up before any more information could be obtained.

The second was from Jacquelyn Louise Tindall, 34, from the same residence, who stated the first caller had been Gilbert, who was drinking heavily, making threats and brandishing a firearm, and had left the residence armed with a machete.

Atkinson said Tindall was a friend of Gilbert’s, possibly a girlfriend, but couldn’t confirm their relationship.

Officers located Gilbert behind a guardrail across the street.

They “confronted Gilbert and convinced him to relinquish the machete,” according to the statement.

He was taken into custody and transported to Northern Hospital at Surry County for a mental evaluation, and upon his release was arrested and charged with resisting a public officer.

While interviewing those who witnessed Gilbert’s actions, deputies learned that Gilbert had made statements to others at the home that he had killed a man in Ohio shortly before coming to North Carolina on Oct. 11.

Investigation by deputies at the scene led them to contact Ohio officials who confirmed a missing person report filed in Fulton County which contained information consistent with evidence officers collected at the scene.


By Terri Flagg

and staff

[email protected]

The Fulton County Expositor can be reached at 419-335-2010

The Fulton County Expositor can be reached at 419-335-2010