Posted on February 14, 2019

Teenage Suspect Identified in Murder of LaGrange Father

WAGA-TV, February 12, 2019

Police have identified a suspect wanted for murdering a LaGrange [Georgia] father of two who was shot and killed when giving two strangers a ride over the weekend.

Jmaes Jake Ponder

According to LaGrange police, 24-year-old James Jake Ponder was with a friend on Troup Street to purchase a firearm when two strangers asked him for a ride. During the ride, police say the suspects attempted to rob Ponder and shot him. They also say they believe the firearm purchase was a set up for Ponder to be robbed.

After an investigation, police identified one of the suspects as 17-year-old LaGrange resident Travis McFarland. Warrants have been released for McFarland’s arrest for murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Travis McFarland


Sergeant Nelson told FOX 5’s Portia Bruner a friend who was riding with Ponder Saturday night did not get a good look at the men who shot Ponder.