Dennis Clemons, 63, of the 400 block of First Street, Thomson, was charged this afternoon with the murder of 53-year-old Shirley Ann Hunt, according to Gary Nicholson, special agent in-charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 7 Office in Thomson.
In addition to the murder warrant, Mr. Clemons also is charged with possession of weapon during the commission of a crime, Agent Nicholson said.
Mr. Clemons, who was taken into custody at his residence early Friday, was initially charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Ms. Hunt, whose funeral services are scheduled Tuesday, was shot “several times” Thursday night near Dearing, Ga., according to McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall.
The suspect is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center in Appling. He now awaits a hearing before a magistrate judge related to the new criminal charges against him.
The case remains under investigation by the GBI and McDuffie County Sheriff’s Department.