• Man killed in Cherokee County home

    By: Steve Gehlbach


    CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. - Detectives in Cherokee County have been working nonstop for more than 24 hours trying to solve a homicide mystery.

    "They're talking to family members, talking to neighbors, talking to acquaintances, following up on leads and have not slowed down all day," said Cherokee County sheriff's spokesperson Lt. Jay Baker.

    Forty-seven-year-old Christopher Pierce was found dead in his home, on Misty Hollow Way near Woodstock, around 5 p.m. Sunday.

    Investigators say he lived alone.

    Pierce's father, who owns the house and was letting his son stay with him for the last six months, discovered the body a day after last seeing his son alive Saturday.

    Frank Pierce told Channel 2 Action News he met with detectives until 4 in the morning but did not want to comment on his son's homicide while the investigation continues.

    Neighbors say they did not know Pierce well or who would want to kill him.

    "It kind of worries me about being right across the street from it," said neighbor Willis Wilkins.

    Another neighbor recalled seeing a lot of cars coming and going from the house, but nothing unusual over the weekend.

    Deputies say Pierce likely knew his killer and let him into the house.

    "There were absolutely no signs of any forced entry," said Baker. "It didn't appear anything had been taken from the home, so investigators believe there's a good chance that the suspect and victim knew each other."

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