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2014 Lanett murder suspects found guilty

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By Alton Mitchell

A fatal Chambers County shooting from nearly two years ago has finally come to a close this past week. The final three of five suspects in the fatal shooting death of a 27-year-old Lanett man was found guilty last week of charges related to that death.

On April 9, 2014 Lanett police responded to a home on 44th Avenue upon arriving at the home they found a 27-year-old man fatally shot. The victim was identified as Christopher Griggs of Lanett. Investigators quickly began to work the case and round up suspects connected to the case. The investigation led to the search for five suspects connected to the case.

Before last week’s guilty verdicts two others in the case had already entered guilty pleas and been sentenced they were Jacob Shaddix who is 18-years-old. Shaddix plead guilty to criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to 12-months. Also previously pleading guilty was Charlie Sigers who plead guilty to manslaughter charges. Sigers received a sentence of 15 years.

The three remaining suspects in the case were all found guilty of their charges last week. Of those found guilty included the suspected triggerman 23-year-old Thomas Brent Starkey. Starkey was found guilty of murder. In addition to his verdict of guilty his brother 18-year-old Rocky Starkey was found guilty of manslaughter. Also guilty of manslaughter was 25-year-old Paul Teague.

The alleged motive of the death of Griggs appears to be a retaliation shooting for a theft of property from some of the suspects in the case. The three who were found guilty last week have not yet been sentenced in the case.