Life sentence for Thomson man

Morris News Service
Dennis Clemons answers a question from Toombs Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Woody Davis during his bench trial for murder on Friday.

THOMSON – A Thomson man was convicted today of murder in McDuffie County Superior Court.


Dennis Clemons, who formerly lived on First Street in Thomson, was found guilty following a bench trial before Toombs Judicial Circuit Chief Superior Court Judge Roger W. Dunaway Jr.

The 64-year-old Mr. Clemons had waived a jury trial. Mr. Clemons is a former janitor with the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Department.

His conviction on the charges of malice murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon was in connection with the shooting death of Shirley Hunt on July 31, 2008. The slaying took place in a bedroom of Ms. Hunt’s single-wide mobile home off Hobbs Mill Road, near Dearing.

Judge Dunaway’s finding of guilt came shortly before 4 p.m. with McDuffie County Superior Court Clerk Connie Cheatham reading his decision to a courtroom consisting mostly of Ms. Hunt’s relatives.

Afterwards, Judge Dunaway sentenced Mr. Clemons to life in prison, plus five years consecutively on the other two charges.



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