shooting suspect

Matthew Johnsen

Matthew Johnsen faces murder charge

A Blackshear woman has died of wounds she suffered in a shooting last Wednesday, July 29, and a Blackshear man has been charged with her murder.

Kay Dewberry, 31, of Blackshear, died early Saturday afternoon, August 1, at Orange Park Medical Center in Jacksonville, from injuries she received in the shooting.

The shooting occurred at about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at a home in the community behind Farr’s Fine Furniture, located off U.S. Highway 84, in the southwestern portion of Pierce County.

Dewberry was initially taken by South Georgia EMS to Memorial Satilla Health in Waycross and was later flown by medical helicopter to Orange Park.

Dewberry had reportedly been on life support in critical condition since the time of the shooting.

According to Sheriff Ramsey Bennett, Matthew Johnsen, 32, has now been charged with Dewberry’s murder. Johnsen was taken into custody shortly after the shooting Wednesday and was first charged with aggravated assault in connection with the incident. Bennett said those charges will now be upgraded to murder.

The sheriff characterized the shooting as “domestic” in nature, but declined additional comment, citing the ongoing investigation. He did say Johnsen had no prior record in Pierce County, but did not know if he had a prior record elsewhere.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the shooting. The Douglas office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) assisted with processing the crime scene. An autopsy will be conducted on Dewberry to determine the cause of death.

Dewberry’s family declined to comment when contacted by The Times and asked for privacy in their grief.

Dewberry reportedly worked for FedEx and had also worked as a chef and in the catering business.

Memorial plans for Dewberry are pending, but no details were available at press time.