Update: 1 charged in Coffee Co. homicide and arson

Schmit is faces charges including felony murder and arson.
Schmit is faces charges including felony murder and arson.(Coffee County Jail)
Published: Aug. 27, 2022 at 2:48 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 28, 2022 at 2:51 PM EDT
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DOUGLAS, Ga. (WALB) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) is currently investigating a homicide that happened on Friday morning, according to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office.

James Schmit, 52, was arrested after deputies said they believe he shot his stepfather, John Conley,80.

On Aug. 26 at 6:30 a.m., The GBI Douglas Office was requested by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office to investigate a death.

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Office recieved a 911 call around 6 a.m. that a family member was requesting a welfare check at Conley’s home located on Highway 32 West.

When deputies arrived, they found the house on fire.

After the fire was put out, deputies found Conley deceased inside the home. An autopsy will be done on Conley at the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Pooler.

Schmit is charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and arson in the 1st degree.

The investigation is ongoing.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is learned.