Athens man, 76, killed in home invasion

A 76-year-old Athens man was fatally shot after he contronted an intruder in his home.

Police responding to a call Monday night on Jefferson River Road said they found Edward Davidson dead inside the residence from a gunshot wound. His wife, Charlotte Davidson, was not injured, according to a statement released by Athens Clarke County police.

Police Capt. Clarence Holeman told the Athens Banner-Herald that the Davidsons were in bed when they heard someone breaking into the home.

“… When he got out to confront the perpetrators he was subsequently shot,” Holeman said Tuesday. “The only information we have right now is from his wife, but it was dark at the time and we’re still trying to enhance that information.”

Police said Charlotte Davidson did not witness the shooting and was not able to provide a description of the suspects.

Police Sgt. Jeff Clark told the AJC Wednesday that the invesigation is still in the early stages. “We have several investigators out working this case,” he said. Clark said police would interview Charlotte Davidson again Wednesday to try to obtain more details.

He said the home is in a residential area in northwest Athens, off U.S. Highway 129. He declined to release any details about the crime scene.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Clark at 706-613-3888, extension 319 or Detective Charles Ivey at 706-613-3888, extension 337. If you wish to remain anonymous, call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 706-613-3342.

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