After four days of investigation, it is still unclear what caused an argument that left one man dead and another in jail.
Monte Calvin Chassereau, 50, Ash Branch Church Road, shot and killed Jason Michael Hendrix, 33, Claxton, just before 8 p.m. Thursday, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson. The two had been riding around together, visiting friends earlier that day, but something went wrong.
Chassereau and Hendrix began arguing once they arrived back at the Ash Branch Church Road location, and the disagreement escalated to the point that Chassereau “retrieved a shotgun from his residence, returned to the front yard where (Hendrix) was located, and shot him with the shotgun,” Anderson said.
Bulloch County Sheriff’s Inv. Jared Akins, who is leading the investigation, said Hendrix was killed instantly. However, questions still surround reasons why the two were arguing, he said. “There is still no single issue (that caused the altercation) that we can determine.”
Alcohol was a factor in the argument, he said.
Shortly after the shooting occurred, someone called law enforcement, and when sheriff’s deputies arrived, they took three individuals at the scene into custody. Bulloch County EMS arrived and EMTs pronounced Hendrix dead, Anderson said.
Investigators questioned two people who were at the scene, and obtained a search warrant for the property, he said. The shotgun used in the murder was found inside Chassereau’s home.
An autopsy performed Friday by a medical examiner at the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime Lab in Savannah ruled Hendrix’s death was a homicide, he said. “Evidence collected at the scene was submitted to the lab for further testing.”
Chassereau remains in jail without bond, charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
“Any person with further information on this case is advised to contact Inv. Jared Akins at 912- 764-1789,” he said.