Jackson, GA (October 23, 2023) –  The GBI has arrested and charged Nathan Shane Upchurch, age 50, of Jackson, GA, with Felony Murder and Hit and Run in Jackson, Butts County, Georgia. On October 21, 2023, at about 12:30 a.m., the Butts County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI to assist with a death investigation that occurred in Jackson, Georgia. 

Preliminary information indicates on Friday, October 20, 2023, at about 11:40 p.m., the Butts County 911 center received a call advising that a woman, later identified as Brooke Bedard Sides, age 51, of Jackson, GA, was found dead in her driveway on Watkins Park and Pool Road in Jackson, Georgia. Sides and Upchurch had gone out and began arguing after returning home. Upchurch was leaving the home and ran over Sides as he was leaving. Butts County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the home and found Sides dead. 

Upchurch was booked into the Butts County Jail.

This investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office at 478-445-5102 or the GBI regional investigative office in Milledgeville at 478-445-4173.  Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app. 

Once the investigation is complete, the case file will be given to the Butts County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. 


SAC Mary Chandler