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Acid trip ends with one dead, one charged with murder

By Walter Geiger A Butts County man is in jail following the fatal shooting of an acquaintance that took place while both men were reportedly using hallucinogenic drugs. Joshua James Cox, 24, will be charged with murder in connection with the death of Donald Terrell Clark, 40. Clark was found dead in the front yard of his home at 939 Chappell Mill Road just before 1:30 p.m July 14. A neighbor reported hearing two gunshots in quick succession between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m. that morning. At about 9:35 a.m. Cox called 911 and got the Spalding County dispatch center. He gave his name and told the operator he had shot a man in the head and chest and was ‘leaving his Glock in the road’. He hung up before giving an address and 911 could not trace the cell phone he used. Lt. Chris Webster of the LCSO was first on the scene and found Clark dead. He had been shot in the chest and shoulder. No gun was found at the scene. After the shooting, Cox went to the home he shared with his parents in the Patillo district of Butts County and got into a physical fight with his mother. His father, a law enforcement officer, was able to subdue and handcuff him. Butts County deputies arrived and arrested him on family violence charges. Lamar investigators quickly linked Cox to the shooting. A Glock semiautomatic pistol was recovered and is thought to be the weapon used in the shooting. Sheriff Brad White said Cox told investigators that he and Clark were using hallucinogens when an altercation ensued and Clark was shot. A GBI crime scene tech was summoned to process the shooting scene. Clark’s body was taken to the crime lab for autopsy. Toxicology will confirm if Clark had ingested hallucinogens but results will take months, Sheriff White concluded.

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