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Dalton woman charged with murder in connection with I-75 shooting in March in Catoosa Co.

Updated: May 30

According to Sheriff Gary Sisk, on March 1st, 2020, the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office responded to a call on I-75 southbound near exit 348. Upon arrival, deputies located the driver of a vehicle (later identified as Noel Lopez), deceased with a gunshot wound to the head. It was found that the vehicle also contained two passengers, including Belinda Lopez, the wife of Noel. Noel Lopez's body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime Lab for an autopsy. Sheriff's Office investigators conducted a complete and thorough investigation into this case. Based on the findings of the investigation and the results from the crime lab, Sheriff's Office investigators obtained an arrest warrant for murder. On 05/29/2020, the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office arrested Belinda Lopez (41) of 319 Chestnut Street, Dalton, GA charging her with murder. Belinda Lopez is currently being held in the Catoosa County Jail without bond, where she is awaiting her first appearance in court.