ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A Cordele business owner is being treated for serious injuries at Macon Medical Center after investigators say he was severely beaten and robbed by one of his own employees.
We talked with a friend who runs a business near Dennard's Exchange Mart in Cordele who say they are praying for his recovery and hope the man who did this violent crime is brought to justice.
The doors of Exchange Mart, which Eugene Dennard owns and runs, are locked while Dennard remains hospitalized in Macon.
Dennard gave Willie Telfair, one of his own employees, a ride home Friday. That's when Crisp County Law enforcers say Telfair brutally attacked Dennard and robbed him.
"We do see a lot of terrible things happen to people but this is a very violent crime and it always puts a knot in your gut when you see this," says criminal investigator Robert Rodgers.
He brought his body to the dead end of Blackshear road. Luckily a couple who was hunting found his body in a ditch.
"They come out of the woods to leave to go home and saw something move in the ditch across from where they were at, they went over to investigate thinking it was an injured animal and they found Mr. Dennard in the ditch," says Rodgers.
Crisp County Law Enforcers say if Dennard doesn't survive the charges will be upgraded to felony murder.
In the meantime, those who know him, including business owners at Cordele Tire, say they will be praying for him.
"We serviced his vehicles for him and a lot of times he would bring the work vans over, and we would do whatever we need to do for those, He was a very nice man and its just really sad," says Co-Owner of Cordele Tire Jeanean Rainey.
Dennard is from Vienna and also owns a business there.