This weekend a typical family gathering in Henry County ended in murder. Now police are searching for the suspect.
Carl Bernard Kennedy, 46, is wanted for the murder of his uncle, Clarence Williams. Henry county sheriff will Maddox says the two started arguing and it quickly escalated.
“Well his car was parked right there. He just opened up the trunk, got the gun out, and took 3 or 4 steps toward the victim and shot him. I think Mr. Kennedy kind of intimidated the rest of the family out there. Nobody would’ve stepped in and tried to stop him, and it happened quickly,” he says.
Investigators say Kennedy fired his long-gun about 13 feet away from Williams face.
“I don’t think it was anything ongoing. I think it was a spur of the moment argument that got pretty heated and ended in murder,” says Sheriff Maddox.
It’s not clear what started the dispute, but Maddox say they may have an idea.
“Both subjects were involved with illegal drugs. It could’ve been a motive, but we don’t know that at this time.”
Williams was found with marijuana in his pocket and Kennedy was out on bond for unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Now the Henry County Sheriff’s Office along with US Marshals are working non-stop to locate Kennedy. Tips from sightings and witness statements lead police to believe he could be in near Miami, Atlanta, or Texas. Kennedy should be considered armed and dangerous.
“Any crime that is committed it’s always best to solve it as quickly as possible because the trail goes cold after several days. And they have more time to hide and make arrangements to hide,” says Sheriff Maddox.
The Henry Country Sheriff’s Office has one un-named suspect in custody. That person has not been charged at this time.