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Mother discovers son's body in home
Authorities calling death a homicide

COVINGTON - A Newton County woman arrived home from work late Sunday night and found her 28-year-old son dead, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The body of 28-year-old Gary Lamar Jones was discovered around 11 p.m. Sunday at their residence, 65 Benedict Drive in Covington.

John Bankhead, public information officer with the GBI, gave very few details about the death, saying only it was "obviously a homicide," but he declined to say how Benedict was killed.

Benedict's mother talked with him early in the day and another telephone contact was made with someone else around 1:30 in the afternoon, Bankhead said.

"From say around 1:35 to 11 p.m. is the window for the time of death," he said.

An autopsy was conducted Monday, but Bankhead said details would not be released to the press, citing "investigative value of that information."

The GBI spokesman said little is known of Jones' associates and background. He was employed by Red Lobster restaurant in Conyers.

"He had also worked for a brief time, and had just resigned last month, for the Georgia Department of Corrections as a prison guard," Bankhead said, adding there was no indication at the time that his affiliation with the prison system was in any way connected to his death.

"We're asking people who know him, who might be able to help us with any information about this incident or his background, to call us. All calls will, of course, be kept confidential," he said.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is assisting the GBI with this investigation.

The GBI can be contacted by calling 800-597-8477, or the NCSO can be contacted at 678-625-1429.

Tips can also be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through the Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org by clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@ newtoncitizen.com.