Saturday night murder at Griffin hotel under investigation


SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder that occurred Saturday night at the Red Roof Inn located at 1719 North Expressway.

The victim has been identified as 36-year-old Jeremey Markivius Dugger.

According to Maj. Dwayne Jones, deputies responded to a call reporting shots fired at approximately 11:50 p.m.

“Upon arrival, in a downstairs room, deputies found a black male unresponsive suffering to two gunshot wounds to the abdomen,” Jones said. “EMS responded, but the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene at 12:10 a.m. by Spalding county Coroner Michael Pryor.”

Authorities say witnesses on the scene identified the suspect as Terrance Terrell Dixon.

Dixon is described as a 37-year-old black male.

“According to witnesses on the scene, both the victim and the suspect were known to each other,” Jones said. “We believe that an argument ensued between the victim and the suspect that led to shots being fired. There were only two shots fired that we can identify.”

Witnesses said Dixon fled the scene on foot.

“Investigators  have recovered what we believe may be the murder weapon at the scene,” Jones said. “It was a handgun. I don’t have the type beyond that.”

Warrants for Dixon’s arrest have been obtained from Spalding County Magistrate Court. He is being sought on charges of felony murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Officials say additional warrants may be taken as the investigation evolves.

Dixon is believed to be the only suspect in the murder.

Both Dugger and Dixon are native to this area, Jones said.

Dixon is believed to be dangerous and anyone with information is asked not to approach him, but to call 911, SCSO Investigator Gerald Phillips at 678.972.9792, the SCSO at 770.467.4282 or contact Phillips by email at gphillips@spaldingcounty.com.

Publisher’s note: This article has been updated to correct the victim’s name from Digger to Dugger. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and The GRIP regret any confusion this may have caused.

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