Man beats house guest to death with shovel

10:20 AM, Jul 5, 2012   |    comments
(AP file)
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CLYO, Ga. -- An Effingham County man has been arrested after authorities say he beat his house guest to death with a shovel.

Sheriff's deputies responding to an assault call at a Clyo home at around 8 a.m. Wednesday found 63-year-old Arthur Scruggs suffering from blunt force injuries to his head. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Deputies questioned 51-year-old Darrell Lovett and charged him with murder. Lovett is being held in the Effingham County Jail, and it wasn't immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.

Scruggs was visiting from out of town. Authorities say Lovett used a shovel to hit Scruggs in the head multiple times during an argument.

The investigation into the killing is ongoing. An autopsy was planned for Thursday.

(Associated Press)

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