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Another murder: Man killed at truck wash

A Lamar County man was bludgeoned to death early Saturday morning, becoming the community’s third murder victim in just over three months. William Charles (Bubba) Milner, 45, was working alone on the overnight shift at Eagle Truck Wash adjacent to the Flying J truck stop on Bucksnort Road just inside Butts County when he was attacked by an intruder. Milner, who lived on Grove Street here, fought back and the altercation carried over into a back room of the facility where the assailant grabbed a piece of wood from a crate and struck him in the chest. When he bent over from the first blow, Milner was struck in the head multiple times and killed, according to Butts County sheriff Gene Pope. After the slaying, the intruder dropped the piece of wood and emptied the cash register at the business before fleeing. The incident occurred sometime between 4:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. The crew reporting for work Saturday morning found Milner’s body. The victim’s mother, Loretha Milner of Highway 341 South, said she was told her son was beaten to death with a two by four and was found face down on the floor. ‘He was killed for $100. That’s all he had in the register,’ Mrs. Milner said. In addition to his mother, Milner is survived by two sons, Christopher Milner and Adam Milner. For more on this story, see the 3.3.09 print edition of The Herald-Gazette.

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