Man arrested on gun charge after woman is fatally shot

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THOMSON --- It was supposed to be a fun-filled weekend for Shirley Hunt and her family -- one spent celebrating the birthday of a loved one in Charlotte, N.C.

Instead, family and close friends are planning funeral services for the 53-year-old Ms. Hunt, who was shot to death inside her single-wide mobile home near Dearing on Thursday night.

"Me and my little boy and other family were going to drive up Saturday and be with them and visit my sister," said Ms. Hunt's boyfriend, Melvin Floyd, of Thomson. "I lost my wife awhile back and now this ..."

As of Friday, law enforcement authorities had not charged anyone in Ms. Hunt's shooting death, according to a news release issued by Gary Nicholson, the special agent in-charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 7 Office in Thomson.

Ms. Hunt was shot "several times," Mr. Nicholson said. She was taken to the emergency room of McDuffie Regional Medical Center where she died a short time after arriving.

Shortly after the shooting, authorities said they were looking for Dennis Clemons, 63, of the 400 block of First Street in Thomson, in connection with the slaying.

Mr. Clemons was arrested about 1 a.m. Friday by members of the Richmond County sheriff's SWAT team, said McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall. He was taken to the GBI office, where he was questioned for several hours.

Pat Morgan, the assistant agent in-charge of the local GBI office, said Mr. Clemons was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon early Friday.

"We're still interviewing people and still involved in other aspects of the investigation at this time," Agent Morgan said.

Mr. Clemons was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter after a trial in McDuffie County Superior Court in the mid-1970s, according to court records reviewed Friday by The McDuffie Mirror .

He was convicted in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Connell Moss on March 23, 1975, at the Side of Ice House Cafe in Thomson.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison. An amendment to the sentence was made by Superior Court Chief Judge Robert L. Stevens on March 27, 1978, which allowed Mr. Clemons, after serving three years, to serve the remainder of his sentence on probation.

He became a trustee and was the chief cook at the McDuffie County jail.

After serving his time, Mr. Clemons became a full-time employee and was assigned to oversee maintenance at the jail. He later retired, said McDuffie County sheriff's Maj. Ronnie Williamson.

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HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 08/02/08 - 07:19 am
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Seems like this Clemmons

Seems like this Clemmons fellow did not learn anything from the first murder. If convicted this should ensure that he will never see day light as a free person, also hoperfully no soft hearted judge will let him out after only 3 years. I see how trustworthy he is.

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peonynut 08/02/08 - 09:00 am
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Innocent until proven guilty

Innocent until proven guilty in this country firefighter.

tonytonytony
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tonytonytony 08/02/08 - 10:55 am
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Peanut i guess you havent

Peanut i guess you havent learned to read yet either. The dummy was all ready charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. That means he didnt learn, if he had learned he would have know he cant own a gun, he gave up that right when he took a life. But i guess a system that turns you loose after 3 years on a murder charge seems like a system that will let you get away with more charges or he liked working at the jail so good he wants to live there rent free.

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Cody_Webster 08/02/08 - 11:01 am
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One dumb-jackass judge among

One dumb-jackass judge among many....

duderbug
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duderbug 08/02/08 - 12:12 pm
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Shirley Hunt was a friend of

Shirley Hunt was a friend of mine, and was one of the most sweetest women you could find around, always giving to anyone who needed it. I agree with firefighterhamer...never see the light of day for the guilty.

Ole School
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Ole School 08/02/08 - 03:42 pm
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NOW we will ALL pay for his

NOW we will ALL pay for his well being the rest of his dayS @@@@

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wmw1112 08/02/08 - 08:57 pm
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i guess i no one has read the

i guess i no one has read the article from the chronicle, before you bash me, i hope he gets a lengthy prison term. however, although it sounds like he did commit the murder, he has not been arrested for the murder yet. he has only been arrested for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. and if they have a witness like the paper said but they haven't arrested him for murder, he must have not been the person to pull the trigger, which means he might have been at the scene with someone else.

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tired of the crime 08/04/08 - 12:53 am
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As the artical reads there is

As the artical reads there is a WITNESS, We should have a tougher jail sentence. Eye for an Eye and Tooth for a tooth. And stop waisting the tax payers money. To some of the commenters above. Would you want to be in her childrens shoes right now? If you have never had the loss of a love one by someone elses hand, then you dont know how traumatic it is. Now to that inhuman and inconsiderate person that took our Shirleys life, we will not have our Shirley to laugh or to cry with. But God will do the judging. We love you Shirley. We will always remember you!

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