A convicted felon is now facing murder charges after police accused him of fatally shooting a man at a LaGrange home.
Charlestavious Dyer, 31, was arrested Friday in the death of 56-year-old Willie Render Jr., LaGrange police said in a statement.
Police found Render with a gunshot wound to the chest at a home on Brown Street just before 10:30 p.m., officials said. Emergency responders took him to Wellstar West Georgia, and he was later pronounced dead.
A witness at the scene gave police a description of the suspects in the shooting and said they had left in a car, according to authorities. Officers later found the car with the suspects inside, police said.
Investigators identified Dyer as the shooter in the case. Police said the incident began with an argument over drugs and turned violent.
Dyer had previously been arrested 18 times in Fulton County, according to jail records. LaGrange police said he was on probation at the time of the fatal shooting.
Dyer was taken to the Troup County Jail, where he remains. In addition to murder, he is charged with possession of a weapon during certain crimes and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Details about his previous conviction and the other suspects found in the car with Dyer were not immediately available.
Asia Simone Burns is a watchdog reporter for the AJC. Burns was formerly an intern in AJC’s newsroom and now writes about crime. She is a graduate of Samford University and has previously reported for NPR and WABE, Atlanta’s NPR member station.