Life sentence for Thomson man

Friday, May 1, 2009 5:44 PM
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THOMSON – A Thomson man was convicted today of murder in McDuffie County Superior Court.

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

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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