Deputy's father found stabbed to death in home

by: Tom Regan Updated:

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. - Investigators continued to search a home on Chattahochee Drive in Douglasville Friday, looking for potential evidence and clues in the slaying of Jerry Wheeler.

The 66-year-old husband and father was found stabbed to death Wednesday by his son, a deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

"It was a violent attack. It's really too early to say whether he knew the perpetrators," said Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan Copeland.

Copeland told Channel 2's Tom Regan investigators do not yet have a motive for the attack but do not believe the victim was robbed.

Wheeler's wife was out of town at the time. The couple has lived in the home for many years. Friends and neighbors are stunned.

"I'm heartbroken. Jerry was the type of man who didn't have enemies. He's good to everyone. Everyone loved him. It's just unbelievable something like this would happen to such a wonderful man," neighbor Tammy Ligon said.

Wheeler owns a successful auto repair business on Lee Road. Regan visited the garage and spoke with a friend and partner who leased space to Wheeler.

"I mean, he was someone I worked 20 years with. He was a good mechanic. He was one of those guys that knew when he had a problem, he would stick with it till he got it fixed. I don't know why anyone would do something like that to anyone like him," said auto shop owner Mike Mullen.

The Douglas County Sheriff's office has posted a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of theperson or persons involved in the stabbing. If you have information on the case you are asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff's office at 770-942-2121.