Argument leaves Georgiana man dead

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 6, 2004

Tragedy struck South Butler County yet again on Thursday as it suffered its third murder in the last month.

Timothy Jackson, 34, a resident of Georgiana, died at the hospital in Brewton, according to Georgiana Police Chief James Blackmon.

On Friday afternoon, Brandon Levelle McCall, 18, turned himself in at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office facing the charge of murder, Blackmon said.

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According to a spokesman for the BCSO, an agreement was made with local attorney McGowin Williamson that McCall would turn himself in at the sheriff’s office.

Blackmon said his department received a call around 1 p.m. about a shooting on Bell Drive. When officers arrived they found the Jackson had been shot twice with a handgun.

Blackmon said Jackson was transported to the Georgiana Hospital and eventually to Brewton. It was in Brewton that the gunshots would prove to be fatal.

Blackmon did not release Jackson’s name until Friday afternoon pending notification of his relatives.

Though many details of the murder are still sketchy, Blackmon feels that the department has key information.

&uot;We are 99 percent sure that we have the weapon that was used,&uot; said Blackmon.

Shortly after responding, a BOLO was put out statewide for McCall.

The victim and McCall were said to have had a heated argument earlier in the day.

The reason for the argument was not known, however, it was serious enough for McCall to return to Bell Drive with a gun.

Witnesses told Blackmon that when McCall fled the scene he was not alone.

&uot;We were told that there were some other people in the car,&uot; said Blackmon. &uot;We think they were from Greenville and that is probably where they went.&uot;

McCall and the others fled the scene in a tan Mercury Grand Marquis.

Bell Drive, the scene of the incident, has been an area of concern for the people of Georgiana.

&uot;Police receive a lot of complaints about illegal activity going on there,&uot; said Balckmon. &uot;We have been keeping an eye on the area.&uot;

Blackmon, along with Lt. Alan Ward and Officer Neal Nelson responded to the call around 1 p.m.

According to Blackmon, these three will also lead the investigation.

The recent problems facing South Butler County have Blackmon concerned.

&uot;I have been in law enforcement for 33 years and I have never seen anything like this,&uot; said Blackmon. &uot;We have had problems in the past but not like this. I just hope that it isn’t an indication of the next year,&uot;

Blackmon said that more information about the case would be disclosed as progress was made.