Posted: Tuesday, February 12th 2013 at 10:27am
GBI searching for rifle possibly used in man's death
By Rob Moore Editor
CLARKESVILLE – Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell says the GBI is looking for a .22-caliber rifle that may have been used to kill the man found underneath a mobile home in Batesville Thursday afternoon.
The GBI has charged Carl Lewis Justice with murder in the death of Michael Anthony Hunnicutt, 43, of a Toccoa address in Habersham County.
Terrell said Justice was arrested on a probation violation. The murder charge was filed later.
“He hasn’t confessed to the shooting, but said he found the body and hid it under the trailer,” Terrell said. “I don’t know where he found it, but he concealed it under the trailer.”
Terrell said while Justice hasn’t said he shot Hunnicutt, “his son’s rifle is missing. He says he threw it in the lake. I don’t know why he would have taken the son’s rifle and thrown it in the lake, but he says he did. So GBI’s going this morning out there kind of where he lived, back out through some other property to see if they might be able to locate the location he’s talking about.”
“If we can locate that weapon and it matches the bullet that was retrieved from the victim, we’ve got him,” Terrell said.
The victim’s truck was located in White County.
“That’s our second crime scene,” Terrell said. “There was a large amount of blood.”
Asked about the circumstances of Hunnicutt's death, Terrell said they remain under investigation.
“We can’t prove why he died – why he was killed – yet,” Terrell said. “We’ve got theories but no proof yet.”
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