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Neighbor of Metter slaying victim charged with theft, felony firearm possession
Death still under investigation
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Quenton Horton

The neighbor of a Metter man found dead Feb. 8 during a house fire investigation was arrested Tuesday.

Quenton Horton, 48, of Webb Circle, was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of theft by receiving stolen property, said Cathy Sapp, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Statesboro office.

She said she could not confirm media reports that Horton was arrested after being questioned in the slaying of Jeffrey Hagan, the neighbor who was found dead in his burned home Feb. 8. GBI agents said the death was ruled homicide. Sapp said no additional information will be released, as the slaying remains under investigation.

Candler County sheriff's Investigator Melvin Ivey also would not confirm Wednesday that Horton was being questioned about Hagan's death when he was arrested.

Hagan, 53, was found near the back door of his Webb Circle home when firefighters entered the burned home, according to Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens. The fire is believed to have started in the living room, and investigators are still looking into the cause.

Neither Sapp nor Ivey would comment on whether Horton is a suspect in Hagan's killing or the fire.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Statesboro GBI office at (912) 871-1121 or the Candler County Sheriff's Office at (912) 685-2658.

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.



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