Houston man found shot dead outside home

bpurser@macon.comJanuary 15, 2014 

PERRY -- A man was found shot dead Tuesday night in the backyard of his Houston County residence about three miles from Perry.

Kerry Benald Glenn, 30, died of a single gunshot wound to the head, said Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland, head of investigations.

Glenn’s death is being treated as a homicide, Holland said.

Investigators think Glenn was already dead when sheriff’s deputies and emergency personnel were dispatched at 7:45 p.m. in response to a 911 call of a man down, Holland said.

Glenn lived in a manufactured home in the 300 block of Ga. 224 West that he shared with a family member, who was not at home when the body was discovered, Holland said.

A family friend was at the home baby-sitting when she saw Glenn lying near the back porch beside several cars where family members park, Holland said.

Glenn apparently lived at the home with his uncle, his uncle’s girlfriend and her children. The couple, who arrived at the home while sheriff’s investigators were still on site late Wednesday afternoon, declined to comment.

It’s not known how long Glenn was in the backyard before his body was discovered. He was at the home earlier, left and returned unbeknownst to anyone at the home, Holland said.

Holland declined to say whether there were any signs of a robbery or other indications of motive. He said at least one person heard a shot fired.

“It’s still early in the investigation,” he said.

Investigators continued to look for clues at the crime scene late Wednesday afternoon and had canvassed the neighborhood earlier.

The home sits about 50 feet off the highway that links Perry to Montezuma in a mostly rural area.

One neighbor said she did not hear anything and did not know Glenn. Another neighbor said he was not at home at the time of the shooting and did not know anything.

Glenn, who previously had a Byromville address, was indicted by a Houston County grand jury last year on 12 counts of theft by deception in connection with the theft of vehicles and construction equipment from property at 300 County Line Road in Elko. It was not immediately known whether he was convicted of those charges, and District Attorney George Hartwig could not be reached for comment.

Anyone with information is asked to call Houston County sheriff’s Cpl. Patrick Lane, the lead investigator, at 478-542-2085 or 478-542-2080.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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