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Man accused of shooting, killing cousin arraigned

POSTED: December 9, 2013 6:57 p.m.

An Effingham County man accused of the July shooting death of his cousin was arraigned last month in Effingham County Superior Court.


George Perry turned himself in after investigators said he shot and killed Christopher Williams following an argument in front of a Nixon Chapel Road house. Perry was denied bond Sept. 12 and indicted by a grand jury Sept. 16 for two counts of murder, one count of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.


Perry is schedule to return to court Jan. 2, 2014, for criminal plea day before Judge John R. Turner.


Another man accused of vehicular homicide had a bench warrant issued after he failed to appear for a Nov. 25 calendar call in front of Judge Gates Peed.


Daniel Edwards of Port Wentworth has been charged with one count of vehicular homicide and one count of leaving the scene of an accident. Effingham County Sheriff’s Office investigators allege Edwards was driving on Hodgeville Road when he struck Mitchell Johnson, who was riding a bicycle, in December 2012. Johnson succumbed to his injuries Feb. 1.


A warrant was issued for Edwards’ arrest in May, and he turned himself in to authorities.


Kim Moretz, whose jury trial scheduled for last month was postponed, is scheduled to be back in court Dec. 18 in front of Judge Peed, when all motions in the case will be considered. Moretz is charged with concealing the death of Charles Ray, a Savannah man who had befriended her and her late husband Chad Moretz. Chad Moretz is believed to have killed Ray days before he was shot and killed by a SWAT sniper following a standoff at the Moretzes’ Westwood Heights home.


Two men accused of attacking a pet pot-belly pig are expected to be in court before Judge John R. Turner on Jan. 2.


Benjamin Fullwood and Clyde McFearin were indicted in June for the April attack on a pig named Oliver. Fullwood faces two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and two counts of false statements. McFearin is charged with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, one count of making a false statement and one count of obstructing a law enforcement officer.


Investigators believe the pig was stabbed several times and also had pit bulls turned loose on it.

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