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Father Faces Murder Charges
Monday, 31 January 2011

January 31--  A late night liaison led to a fatal shooting in Toombs County.

Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight reports 22-year-old Justin Deshun Patterson of Montgomery County was shot by 61-year-old Norman NeeSmith between three and four a.m. Saturday.

According to the Sheriff, NeeSmith caught Patterson and his brother in the bedrooms of NeeSmith's mobile home at 220 Harden Chapel Road with his 18-year-old daughter Danielle Nichole Rozier and a juvenile girl.

"He went to bed that night and left the girls watching TV.  They were waiting on him to go to bed.  When he got to bed and got to sleep, that's when they invited them over, and they came and crossed the hood over there and walked over to the house.

"He woke up during the night.  I don't know if heard a noise or what, but he woke up.  They were split up, one in one bedroom and one in another.  He brought them out of the bedrooms and was threatening to shoot them, he had his gun out at that time.  He walked them up to the living room and they sat down on the couch.  I don't know how long that took place, but then they ran through the kitchen and were trying to get out the back door.  He followed them all the way through the kitchen to the back door and that's when he fired," Sheriff Kight said.

Deputies later found Patterson's 18-year-old brother, Shavon Patterson, at a store in Santa Claus and he led them back to where he had last seen his wounded brother.  Officers found Patterson's body behind the home of a neighbor of NeeSmiths.  Sheriff Kight said had been shot in the side with a .22 caliber pistol.

According to Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Hayward Altman, NeeSmith is being charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and false imprisonment and is held at the Charles Durst Detention Center in Lyons.


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