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Victim’s family reacts to Tift Co. murder arrest


Relatives of a murdered Tift County man are speaking out, Wednesday night, after one arrest in the case, but the investigation is far from over.

The woman who is charged was actually wounded in the same shooting that killed 21-year-old Christopher Sears, Friday.

She's charged with murder because investigators say she was involved in a crime with Sears that led to his death.

It's a confusing case.

Those family members are saying they don't understand or have any idea of why Sears was shot and killed but the arrest that came down does bring some form of closure.

19-year-old Jordan McCalister is in the Tift County Jail charged with felony murder in the death of Christopher Sears.  The two were shot in his Ford pickup truck on Short Street Friday afternoon. 

Sears died at the scene.

We caught up with family members of Sears this evening who are still in disbelief that their loved one is no longer with them.

"I really don't see a reason why they killed him like that. It was messed up the way they killed him. I think it could have gone another way," said Sears' cousin Stanchez Wright.

Wright told us the 21-year-old was an easy going guy who didn't have problems with anyone.

"He was a cool person. He was easy to get along with. He really didn't bother too many people. You had to get on his bad side or really, really make him mad for him to get mad you," said Wright.

Tift County officials are now alleging Sears and McCallister were plotting to commit some type of crime before the shooting took place.  They won't go into details or say who else they think was involved in the shooting.

Wright says his cousin had no previous run in with the law.

He told us he doesn't know McCalister, but he isn't surprised by the charges against her.

"Nowadays anybody is capable of doing anything these days. You can't put anything past anyone anymore," said Wright.

Now this family is forced to move on with only the memory of their loved one.

About an hour and a half before the murder, there was another shooting nearby.  Today, investigators charged  29-year-old LaCharles Miller with aggravated assault in that case which may be related to the murder. 

No one was hurt in that shooting, but several cars and businesses were hit by bullets.

Sheriff Gene Scarbrough says he expects to make more arrests in the murder.

Jordan McCalister remains in the Tift County Jail without bond, Wednesday.


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