published Monday, May 7th, 2012

Top Georgia court upholds murder conviction in Walker road rage incident

The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the 2005 murder conviction of a Walker County man in connection with a road-rage incident.

Lance Rockholt, of Ringgold, was convicted in the October 2005 killing of Mark Pickett.

Rockholt later was sentenced by Judge Kristina Graham to serve life in prison plus a consecutive five-year sentence without the possibility of parole, Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Herbert “Buzz” Franklin said in a news release.

On Oct. 28 of 2005, Pickett, of Cloudland, Ga., was driving in front of Rockholt on Georgia Route 193 when Pickett wouldn’t let the other man pass, police said at the time.

Pickett had parked the car with his two children inside and tried to confront Rockholt when Rockholt shot the other man three times with a .22-caliber pistol, police said.

In 2006, a jury found Rockholt guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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