Update: McDuffie County murder suspect found

By: Staff
By: Staff

Matthew Thomas Cliett (WRDW-TV)

Matthew Thomas Cliett (WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014

DEARING, Ga. (WRDW) -- "I'd like to know why, you just typically don't go shooting somebody for no reason," said Steven Hughes, whose uncle was shot Saturday night in Dearing.

It's been a waiting game for the nephew. Call after call from relatives.

"Son, you're not going to believe this, I said what, she said Andy's been shot, someone killed him," he said.

Giving bits and pieces of information all about his uncle. 49-year-old Andrew Funderburg, whose life was taken too soon.

"I just, I didn't know what to say, I was, you know I was," said Hughes.

Funderburg had already been through a lot, suffering a heart attack that caused him to lose both of his legs.

But Hughes says his uncle was still full of smiles.

"Doesn't say anything negative to anybody, he's not a violent person by any means so who would shoot him." he questioned.

Investigators told Hughes his uncle was visiting friends when 29-year-old, Matthew Cliett, walked in, pulled out a gun, and shot Funderburg.

"For this guy to just up and walk into his house, his parents house and shoot him for no reason, it's beyond me," he explained.

Hughes will keep wondering until those questions about his uncles death are answered.

But deputies told him this:

"The guy confessed and said he don't know why he did it, he just did it," he said.

Certainly not good enough for Hughes, who's just lost someone very dear to him.

Original report Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014

DEARING, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Dearing murder suspect was found around 8 p.m. Saturday along Highway 17, Major Ronnie Williamson said.

The victim, Andrew James Funderburg, 47, of Augusta, was shot in the head by a handgun Saturday at 3:26 p.m., Pat Morgan with GBI said.

The sheriff's office said the suspect is Matthew Thomas Cliett, 29. The suspect's car was found abandoned on Hobbs Mill Road.

Cliett is charged with one count of Murder and is currently being held at the McDuffie County Detention Center.


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