The Laurens County Sheriffs Office is investigating a shooting death in the southern end of the county Thursday.
At 6:21 a.m., the countys 911 center was notified of a shooting victim on rural Howard Road. Authorities identified him as Michael Whittle, 51, who was found lying in his yard, according to a sheriffs office news release.
Deputies and Georgia State Patrol troopers arrested Jesse Rowland, 22, several miles from the crime scene about 8:15 a.m. and charged him with murder. He is being held in the Laurens County jail, and investigators are working to determine the motive for the killing, according to the release.
The sheriffs office said there may be more arrests in the case.