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November 25, 2002

Lowndes County - Forty-one year old Johnny Rodgers is charged with murdering his roommate, 36-year-old Jim Fitchjarrell, after an argument about the cleanliness of Fitchjarrel's room.

Fitchjarrel and his wife were renting a room from Rodgers in South Lowndes County. The men had reportedly been drinking heavily all day and watching Nascar races when the argument began.

"He made some comments about Fitchjarrel's wife not cleaning up their room, and it just grew heated so he followed him back to his room where he shot him in the head and killed him," said District Attorney J. David Miller.

Rodgers is being held in the Lowndes County jail awaiting transfer to the Diagnostic center in Jackson. After testing there, he will be transferred to one of Georgia's correctional facilities.

posted at 2:45 by ashley.harper@walb.com