Reward for info on deadly Butts County home invasion increased to $15K

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It happened in Butts County, when police say a robbery did not go as planned.

Ten months after a Jackson man was gunned down in his own home, the Butts County Sheriff’s Office has tripled the reward for information in the case to $15,000.

Derrick Denson, 40, was shot about 9 p.m. Jan. 2 when three masked men forced their way into his home on Shoemaker Street, authorities said.

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Derrick Denson

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Derrick Denson
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Derrick Denson

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

His 23-year-old nephew and 13-year-old niece were inside the home at the time, according to Channel 2 Action News.

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Deputies told the news station they believe robbery was likely the motive in Denson’s shooting death. But after robbing the man and pistol-whipping his nephew, the suspects shot Denson in the head in front of his family members, authorities said.

“Maybe they didn’t mean to pull the trigger, ya know – but that’s some of the questions that we need to clarify,” Butts County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Richard Gandee said Wednesday “If someone does know this information, please call us. The family needs to know.”

Denson’s sister-in-law said Jackson is such a small town, she believes there must be someone with information about the fatal break-in.

“It’s bad because you know you’re seeing these people in the street,” Tammy Denson told Channel 2. “I know these people speak to me and probably see me just about every day, but nobody will tell us what happened.”

Anyone with information about the home invasion and murder is asked to call the Butts County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. Tipsters can choose to remain anonymous and still be eligible for the cash reward.

In other news: 

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Investigators say it is tied to a robbery at a shopping center.