DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY (WRCB) - A Whitfield County teen is behind bars, charged with killing his grandmother.
Joshua Johnson attends Southeast Whitfield High School and Monday Eyewitness News obtained a recording of the 911 call the 15-year-old placed last week.
Trevin Stover says he won't soon forget the afternoon Johnson came to his front door asking to use a phone.
"Mom asked him how he was doing," said Stover, "he said he was okay until he came home and found his grandmother dead."
Eyewitness News obtained copies of the call Johnson made to police. On the line with dispatch, Joshua was strangely calm.
911 Dispatcher: "Whitfield County 911."
Joshua: "Hello, I just came back from Southeast High School and I came home and my grandma is down on the bathroom floor."
The dispatcher asked questions about the condition of his 54-year-old grandmother, Lorraine Frazier.
911 Dispatcher: "Was she awake and talking to you?"
Joshua: "No, I checked her pulse and I didn't get anything."
911 Dispatcher: "You didn't get anything?"
Joshua: "No, I checked it twice."
The dispatcher then sent Joshua back to check on his grandmother.
911 Dispatcher: "What did you find?"
Joshua: "She's dead."
911 Dispatcher: "She is dead?"
Joshua: "Yes ma'am."
911 Dispatcher: "Has she been sick?"
Joshua: "Well, no."
Joshua: "Probably, I think probably slipped and fell."
Trevin Stover says he suspected differently.
"I felt right in, down in through there," said Stover, pointing to his neck. "And I thought I felt a cord or something like that, but she was an old lady. I thought it was some jewelry or something," he said.
The coroner says Frazier was strangled and police reports indicate the weapon used was likely a cord.
Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood says there is no doubt in his mind the 15-year-old was behind the murder.
"And the million-dollar question is why? Sometimes we don't always get that question answered and that's what we want to know," said Chitwood.
Joshua Johnson has been charged as an adult.
Under Georgia law, a teen can be tried as an adult, if they're charged with one of the seven deadly sins - murder, rape, armed robbery using a firearm, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery or voluntary manslaughter.
Only a Superior Court Judge can set bond in a murder case, which is why Johnson will appear in Superior Court this week, even though he's being held at the Juvenile Detention Center.