Man arrested in McDuffie County slaying

Matthew Thomas Cliett is accused of fatally shooting an Augusta man in Dearing on Saturday afternoon.

A Dearing man is in custody and charged with murder after authorities in McDuffie County found an Augusta man dead Satur­day.

Matthew Thomas Cliett, 29, was arrested about 9 p.m. on Fort Creek Road near Highway 17 in Dearing, Mc­Duffie County sheriff’s Maj. Ronnie Williamson said.

About 3:26 p.m., deputies found a man dead at 250 Moore Ave. after reports of a shooting, Georgia Bureau of Inves­tigation Special Agent in Charge Pat Morgan said. The victim, Andrew James Funderburg, 47, died as a result of a gunshot wound.

Police say Cliett left the scene in an older model red Dodge Dakota, and the truck was found just before 5 p.m. at Hobbs Mill and Radford-Culberth roads.

The Georgia Bureau of In­ves­tigation and the Colum­­bia County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 Unit assisted in the manhunt.

Staff Writer Travis Highfield contributed to this report.

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