Shot Valdosta man dies, police to upgrade charges

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - When 35 year-old Amos Haynes appeared before a magistrate judge on September 11th after being arrested for shooting 38 year-old Xavier Jones multiple times, he was only charged with aggravated assault.

Jones died Wednesday at South Georgia Medical Center. Late Thursday afternoon, investigators met with a judge and prosecutor to secure a warrant upgrading the charge. "We are seeing a judge today and we are going to be looking at charging the offender in this case with murder," said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress.

Haynes is accused of shooting Jones on September 10th around 12:30 p.m. at 104 Ray Lane in Valdosta. Haynes was working for Jones when the two got into an argument. "The offender was workin' for the victim. There was a dispute. This was a dispute over money and a robbery and that's exactly what happened," Childress explained.

Chief Childress said his department works hard every day to prevent crime, but there's only so much police can do. "The community's asking me, saying 'Chief, why are these things happening?' We can't police how people think," Childress stated.

As of Thursday night, Haynes remained in the Lowndes County Jail.

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