Man facing murder charge released from medical care

COVINGTON - An Oxford man who authorities say shot and killed his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself in November was released from an Atlanta hospital last week.

The suspect, Rick Ray Breedlove, 54, had been in the hospital since the shooting incident occurred on the evening of Nov. 6.

He has been booked into the Newton County Detention Center on charges of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime

Breedlove allegedly shot his girlfriend of two years, Pam Spencer, 49, in the head with a .357 magnum handgun prior to turning the gun on himself at a home the couple shared at 25 Hickory Hill Drive.

Investigators believe Breedlove and Spencer were involved in an argument that began inside the house and then spilled outside onto the deck. A 911 call was made from the home and the line was left open.

"There was no voice contact from the 911 call, but we knew it had risen to the level of gunshots," Lt. Bill Watterson, spokesman for the NCSO, said in an interview at the time of the incident.

Upon arriving at the scene, sheriff's deputies found Spencer face down and Breedlove on his left side, lying on the back deck, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report. A silver revolver was on the floor "in the immediate area of the male," the incident report said.

According to Watterson, the investigation will be completed and sent to the Newton County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com