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Mother tells shooting suspect to turn himself in
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George Antwon Perry

A Clyo man died and his cousin was arrested in a shooting Tuesday night in northern Effingham County.

Christopher Williams, 19, died after being shot once in the stomach by his cousin George Antwon Perry, 23, of Clyo, during an argument outside a home on Nixon Chapel Road, investigators said.

Perry fled the scene but, at the urging of his mother, turned himself in a short time later to Effingham County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

“We got a hold of his mama and explained to her that we needed to talk to him, that he needed to come and turn himself in,” Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie said. “We know a lot of the folks on the north end of the county. In most cases, it’s easier to do it that way, and in this case, it worked.

“Mama knows best.”

Perry was charged with felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He was denied bond Wednesday by Chief Magistrate Scott Hinson and is being held in the Effingham County Jail.

According to the ECSO, Williams was visiting family members on the 300 block of Nixon Chapel Road when Perry drove up to the house around 8 p.m. Perry got out of the car and he and Williams began arguing.

“We don’t know exactly what the argument was about, but we know they had been arguing for the past day or two,” said ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor.

The two men got into a fight on the porch of the house, McDuffie said, and Perry pulled out a gun and shot Williams. Investigators recovered the handgun they believe was used in the shooting, according to Ehsanipoor.

“Tempers flared, a fight ensued, somebody’s temper got the best of him, and a shot was fired,” McDuffie said. “And now somebody’s dead because of it.”

Witnesses identified Perry as the shooter. The ECSO contacted Perry’s mother, “and she got a hold of him and talked him into turning himself in,” McDuffie said.