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Ocilla man found murdered in his home

September 3, 2007

By: Cade Fowler

Ocilla -- 64-year-old James Lott had lived at 925 11th Street for decades. But it was just after 9 PM at his Ocilla home Sunday night when family members made a shocking discovery.

"Police got a call here that family members had come by the residence and found Mr. Lott dead inside his home," said Ocilla Police Chief Billy Hancock.

Investigators say Lott died in his bedroom; the apparent victim of a violent killing.

"When police got here, they found him in his bed. He had multiple wounds to the head. There was nobody at the house but him," said Hancock.

While GBI agents and Ocilla Police Officers combed the house for any remaining evidence Monday, Lott's family could only watch in disbelief; never imagining something like this would happen.

"Everyone in Ocilla knew James. He never bothered anybody. He would give them the shirt off his back if they asked for it," said Lott's sister, Teresa Paulk.

Police say they know the murder took place sometime between Saturday afternoon and Sunday night. While investigators do not have any suspects at this time, they urge anyone with any information to come forward.

"Any information anyone has, please contact the Ocilla Police Department at 468-7494, or the GBI office at Perry at 478-987-4545," said Hancock.

While grieving family member's remember a man described by those that knew him best as generous and caring, his sister pleads for the public's help in finding his killer.

"If anyone knows anything, no matter how small a detail it might seem to you, it might be important. Please call the GBI or the Ocilla Police department. He was a good person. He didn't deserve this," said Paulk.

Lott's body has been taken to the crime lab for an autopsy. As of Monday, investigators had not determined a motive.

Police say that Lott's murder is the first homicide in Ocilla in more than 4 years.

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