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Charges filed in fatal shooting

January 24, 2006

Boston, Georgia-- A Thomas County man is in Sheriff's custody for shooting and killing another man Monday night.

Crime scene tape marks a murder at 1354 Martin Road in Boston last night. "Everybody out here was panicking," says Eddie Larry, the victim's cousin.

The shooting happened in Larry's front yard. 49-year-old James Dunbar was killed. "I couldn't hear him breathing, couldn't find a pulse," says Larry.

Investigators say 47 year old Perris Brooks killed Dunbar with a sawed-off shotgun during an argument over a woman both were dating. Brooks is charged with voluntary manslaughter rather than murder because investigators say he did not intend to kill Dunbar. "Mister Dunbar showed up, caught the two subjects at the residence," says Thomas County Sheriff's investigator, Pascal Autrey.

Police say Dunbar and Brooks began arguing in the driveway where their cars were parked. Then, just a few minutes later, they say Dunbar fell by his pickup truck. "Efforts were made, but upon arrival at the hospital he was pronounced dead," says Autrey. "I just can't believe it happened. I can't believe it happened," adds Larry.

If convicted, Brooks could spend up to 20 years in prison. Larry says he saw Brooks performing CPR on Dunbar immediately after the shooting.

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