Man accused of shooting nephew

An Appling man was arrested Friday night in the shooting of his great-nephew during an argument at their home, according to Columbia County authorities.

Carlton Timothy Hardin, 61, of the 3400 block of Ray Owens Road, is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

The shooting occurred about 8 p.m. Friday at Mr. Hardin’s home on Ray Owens Road, where he lived with his great-nephew Charles Clifton Norris, 31, Capt. Morris said. Mr. Norris was shot once in the abdomen and taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Capt. Morris said.

“It was a domestic argument,” Capt Morris said. “(It’s) unclear as to exactly what they were arguing about.”

Attempts to get information on Mr. Norris' condition today from an MCG representative were not immediately successful.

Mr. Hardin was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center about 3 a.m. today, according to a jailer. His bond is set at $32,700.

This is not the first time the family has been involved in a shooting incident.

In 1997 Mr. Norris’ sister, Melissa Nicole Norris, was found guilty in the death of their father, Charles Barry Norris, who was shot as he watched television at his Thomson home in December 1995, according to reports in The Augusta Chronicle. Ms. Norris was convicted of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon in the commission of a felony, and a Superior Court judge sentenced her to life plus five years in prison.

The elder Mr. Norris was Mr. Hardin's nephew.

Mr. Norris told police that his sister committed the murder shortly before she confessed on the morning after the crime, according to The Chronicle.

During her trial, Ms. Norris, who was 15 at the time of the murder, told jurors that her brother pulled the trigger of his .38-caliber revolver, killing their father, according to The Chronicle. Ms. Norris’ defense attorney said that his client was persuaded by her brother to take responsibility for the crime.

Ms. Norris, who is now 29 years old, remains incarcerated at the Arrendale State Prison in Alto, Ga., according to the Georgia Department of Corrections Web site.

Reach Jenna Martin at 868-1222, ext. 109, or jenna.martin@augustachronicle.com.

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