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Worth man murdered in his home

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Worth County, GA (WALB) –-  A Worth County man is gunned down in his own home. William Ellis was shot through the window in his front door of his mobile home not far from County Line Road.

His girlfriend found him on the living floor Monday morning. 59 year old William Ellis was shot in the head while he stood in his living room. The gun fired outside the front door of his home on Henry Road.

Worth County Sheriff Freddie Tompkins said they are hoping surveillance video from a home across the street will give them a good idea of what happened.

The bullet hole through the front door window shows where the murderer stood. Investigators believe as William Ellis looked out that window someone shot him in the face.

"It's going to be a home invasion,"  Worth County Sheriff Freddie Tompkins said.

Investigators say it looks like Ellis was shot sometime around midnight. There were force marks on the door, where someone broke in, but Investigators don't know why.

"Nothing stolen. As of this time, we can't find anything missing," Tompkins said.

Grieving family members stood in front of the home while GBI Crime Scene Investigators checked the murder scene. Ellis' father was stunned why anyone would kill his son. "I have no idea," said Lake Harding Ellis, the victim's Father. "Last time I was down here might have been a week or so ago. I stopped in there and everything was good."

"Don't really know, unless somebody was mad with him for some reason," Tompkins said.

The GBI has video shot from a surveillance camera from the home across the street, which should have a good view of that front door. The Sheriff said they hope that gives them some good answers what happened, and why Williams Ellis was murdered.

The GBI and Sheriff's Investigators questioned a number of relatives and neighbors, but so far there have been no arrests in the murder.

If you have any information on this murder, you are asked to call the Worth County Sheriff's Office at 229-776-8211.

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