November 27, 2012

Sheriff: Murder investigation ongoing

Rachel Brown

— Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents and Murray County sheriff’s officers are still investigating what led to the stabbing death of a man in a rural community in Murray County Friday night.

Sheriff Howard Ensley said he couldn’t answer questions about why Dwane Louis Fowler, 36, of 57 N. White Oak Drive, allegedly stabbed Charles Milo Congden, 39, of 746 Cherokee Road, in the chest after an argument.

Congden’s body was sent to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy. Ensley said a magistrate judge denied bond for Fowler on Sunday as well as for Randy Lee Campbell, 41, 57 N. White Oak Drive and James Edward Patterson, 54, 259 N. White Oak Drive, both of whom were charged with being a party to a crime.

Ensley said the two men tried to destroy the knife Fowler used to stab Congden.

Several neighbors in the area said they didn’t know any of the men involved, but there have been several incidents — though none involving murder — in the neighborhood off of Highway 225 south of Spring Place.

Ensley said several people had been drinking and playing pool that night when an argument broke out. Congden left the house on White Oak Drive to walk home, Ensley said, but Fowler went outside too, the argument resumed, and Congden was stabbed.

Ensley said GBI agents Earl Glover and Audie Murphy are assisting in the investigation.