Worth County man slain

Photo by Jennifer Parks

Photo by Jennifer Parks

SYLVESTER, Ga. -- A Worth County man was recently murdered at his home in an incident authorities are now treating as a home invasion.

The Worth County Sheriff's Office was called out to 587 Henry Road, just east of the Dougherty-Worth County line, at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Upon the deputy's arrival, William Ellis, estimated to be in his mid-50s, was found lying in his living room with a gunshot wound.

"I told him (the deputy) to get a hold of the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation), and we are assisting them," said Worth County Sheriff Freddie Tompkins.

A hole was found in the window on the front door, which officials believe is how the bullet went through. As of Monday afternoon, officials did not have anyone in custody nor did they know of a motive for the killing.

"He (Ellis) had probably been lying there for several hours," Tompkins said.

The sheriff also stated that nothing appeared to be stolen from the residence. "We can't find anything missing," he said.

Ellis' body likely will be sent to Macon for an autopsy, Tompkins said. Authorities don't believe the victim had a weapon on him at the time of the incident.

The last homicide in Worth County was roughly two years ago, Tompkins added.