Cherokee County Sheriff Press Release
Canton, Cherokee County, Ga. April 14, 2014. Cherokee sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Sunday afternoon at approximately 2:30pm to 480 Hester Drive in the Freehome community in reference to a person shot. At the location they found David Welchel, 40 years old of
Freehome, with a gunshot wound to his back and another gunshot wound to his shoulder.
Welchel’ s girlfriend, Jessica Couch, 31 years old of Freehome, explained that she had shot Welchel because she thought he was an intruder.
Investigators arrived on the scene and obtained a search warrant for the property. Welchel was taken to North Fulton Hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. A 22 caliber handgun, believed to be the weapon used in the shooting was recovered in the home. Investigators discovered that Couch and Welchel waited approximately two hours before calling 911. Couch admitted to being on Methamphetamine at the time of the shooting.
Approximately eight copperheads and one rattlesnake were discovered caged inside the home. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources was contacted and will be conducting an investigation into the snakes. Couch is currently charged with Aggravated Assault (F.V.A.) and additional charges are likely. Couch in being held in the Cherokee Adult Detention Center without bond.