Posted: Friday, February 15th 2013 at 9:25pm
Divers search for gun used in Batesville death
By Rob Moore Editor
Divers searched the Soque River near Clarkesville on Friday, hoping to find a gun believed to be used in a murder. (Photo/Rob Moore)
CLARKESVILLE – Divers from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office spent Friday in the waters of the Soque River near Clarkesville looking for the firearm thought to be used to shoot a man found dead in Batesville last week.
Carl Lewis Justice is charged by the GBI with the murder of Michael Anthony Hunnicutt, 43, of a Toccoa address in Habersham County.
Justice told investigators he threw a rifle into the river near where he was living in a chicken house.
“I hope they find a gun,” Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell said as divers entered the water Friday morning. “The finding of the gun leads to a closure on who our shooter is in this case. That’s our hope in this whole thing.”
Justice found Hunnicutt’s body, but has not confessed to shooting him.
“He won’t say he did it, but when you look at the big picture, everything points to him doing it,” Terrell said. “He was talking about the gun, how ‘I throwed the gun in the river.’”
Ten members of the dive team and several supervisors were in Habersham County for the search.
“We appreciate Sheriff Gerald Couch being willing to help us out with this,” Terrell said.
Investigators are continuing to work the case.
“We have several theories about how this whole thing happened – don’t know that [Justice] was in it by himself,” Terrell said. “Can’t prove that. Can’t prove that he actually pulled the trigger. If we can find the gun, we might be able to do that.”
Asked where the shooting occurred, Terrell said, “That’s still a mystery, too. Maybe we can find the gun. That’ll give us some leverage to find out what else went on.”
As of 5 p.m. Friday, the search for the gun had been unsuccessful, Terrell said.
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