Gwinnett County Jail records show that Phillip Walker Sailors was being held on a murder charge after the Saturday night shooting in Lilburn, northeast of Atlanta.
An arrest warrant states that 22-year-old Rodrigo Abad Diaz of Duluth was shot in the head as he tried to drive away from Sailors’ home.
Sailors’ attorney, Michael Puglise, tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was home with his wife late at night, and assumed the young man arrived for a home invasion.
Puglise says Sailors was defending his home and maintains his innocence.
Lilburn police declined to release additional information about the circumstances of the shooting.