LAMAR COUNTY, Ga. - Investigators are still trying to figure out the motive in a double murder-suicide that left three family members dead and a community in mourning.
Lamar County Sheriff Brad White told Channel 2 Action News that deputies were called to a home on Fredonia Church Road just before 2 p.m. Thursday. At that time, they found 50-year-old Al Ogletree dead.
About 30 minutes later, investigators were called to a second house on the same street. Deputies found 88-year-old Charles Sutton and 54-year-old Frenchie Fambro dead inside the home.
"At this point, we don't think the public is in any danger," White said. "We are working this as a double homicide-suicide."
White believes Fambro shot and killed his stepfather, Sutton, before turning the gun on himself.
"That weapon was found with Frenchie Fambro," White said.
Investigators also believe Fambro shot and killed his cousin, Ogletree.
After Annie Sutton lost her husband and her son in the same day, family, friends and church members gathered outside her home on Fredonia Church Road on Thursday evening.
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Monica and Joshua Zellner said Sutton was their great-grandfather, a man they said everyone loved and looked up to.
"I really don’t know what all transpired," Monica Zellner said.
"I’m really just devastated. I would have never expected anything like this," Joshua Zellner said.
Faye Butner was the first to find Ogletree’s body.
"A guy from his job called me, asked if it’d talked to him today. I said, 'No.' He said, 'Well, he hasn’t showed up to work,'" Butner said.
She went by his house with her sister to check on him.
"She said, 'Let's try the front door,' and it opened about yay much, and I reached in and felt something, knew it was a foot and that’s when I called 911," Butner said.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation.
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