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Soldiers death under investigation
Three suspects arrested; motive undetermined
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Timothy Dale Pennington, 39, of Kingsland - photo by Photo provided.

The death of a Fort Stewart soldier still is under investigation, according to a Fort Stewart media advisory.

A release Wednesday said the death of 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Spc. James A. Willis III, 25, is being investigated by U.S. Army Criminal Investigation, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Camden County law enforcement.

According to a news release from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, two local men found Willis’ body at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on the north side of Union Carbide Road approximately nine miles east of Interstate 95 in Camden County. Willis was found about 20 feet off the road near the entrance to Cabin Bluff.

Three arrests have been made in the case, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office release said. Suspects Jeffrey Cole Eicher, 23, of Fort Stewart, Aaron James Paxton, 36, of St. Marys, and Timothy Dale Pennington, 39, of Kingsland were arrested and charged with murder. Investigators still are trying to determine a motive in the killing. The suspects’ connection to Willis is not known at this time.

According to Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Mike McDaniel of the Kingsland office, initial autopsy results revealed that Willis died of gunshot wounds, but no other information is available as the investigation is ongoing.

According to a Marne Division news release, the 3rd ID is cooperating with all levels of law enforcement while extending its condolences to the Willis family.

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