The death of a man found Wednesday morning in Wayne County is under investigation, and two people were arrested around 5 a.m. Thursday in Ludowici’s Pecan Park in connection with the fatal shooting, according to Wayne County Sheriff John Carter and Ludowici Police Department Chief James Rogers.
The victim, identified as Eddie Pearson II, 35, was found dead in his Chapman Plantation home around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday by his cousin, who stopped by to pick him up for work, according to Carter. Additionally, cash was missing from Pearson’s house.
The suspects, Kenneth A. Stevens and a 16-year-old female, are not Long County residents. Carter said they were found in a bedroom in an Azalea Street home that contained six people. Authorities also recovered a weapon and drugs that allegedly belonged to the suspects. Carter said the weapon will be tested to see if it was used in the crime.
Stevens became a person of interest after several interviews with other individuals, Carter said.
Stevens reportedly faces charges of murder, felony murder and armed robbery. The teenager faces felony-murder and armed-robbery charges. Neither has made a first appearance in court, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Curtis Hand said.
Carter said Pearson, who came from New York, had not lived long in the single-family home.
A man who said he is Pearson’s uncle declined to be identified but said his nephew had come from Queens a few months ago and was in the process of sending for his wife and children.
Pearson and his cousin ran a lawn-service business.
The Wayne County Sheriff Reaction Team, the Long County Sheriff’s Office, the Ludowici Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted with the arrests. U.S. Marshals provided support earlier with the use of equipment.