Man arrested in McDuffie County slaying

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 5:53 PM
Last updated 9:40 PM
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Matthew Thomas Cliett is accused of fatally shooting an Augusta man in Dearing on Saturday afternoon.
Matthew Thomas Cliett is accused of fatally shooting an Augusta man in Dearing on Saturday afternoon.

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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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nocnoc 01/11/14 - 09:14 pm
A definitive picture would

A definitive picture would greatly assist in location.

Is this the guy in Dearing that runs a 1 man 1 logging truck company?

BTW: Given the Description and light hair and Average build
I don't think he should be confused, (I don't think) with the guy in North Augusta. Which was arrested for Shop lifting in Aiken co. back in 2013.

RogueKnight 01/12/14 - 08:28 pm
AJ was a good man...

and didn't deserve to die this way. JUSTICE!!!

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