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Man charged with murder in shooting death of local businessman, philanthropist
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Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish speaks at a press conference Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. Parrish announced an arrest in the Feb. 7 shooting death of local businessman and philanthropist Jack Hough.. - photo by Jeff Gill

An East Point man has been charged with murder in the Thursday shooting death of local businessman and philanthropist Jack Hough at the CVS Pharmacy on Park Hill Drive.

DeMarvin Bennett, 24, of East Point, is in the Hall County Jail without bond.

“By working with law enforcement partners, the Gainesville Police Department was able to locate Bennett in East Point,” states a police press release . “He was arrested with the help of the Hall County Sheriff's Office and the East Point Police Department.”

He was found about 2 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, Police Chief Jay Parrish said in a press conference Sunday.

DeMarvin Bennett

The press release says “forensic evidence developed from the scene identified” Bennett as the suspect. 

Parrish wouldn't describe the evidence, but he did say, "We have recovered what we think to be the murder weapon in this case, and we'll be doing further forensic testing on it."

Bennett is being cooperative with the investigation, the chief said.

“I hope this arrest brings comfort to Mrs. Hough, his immediate family, his close friends and our community,” Parrish said.

At 7:45 p.m. on Feb. 7, Hough was approached while he was waiting for his wife at the CVS Pharmacy on Park Hill Drive, Gainesville police have said.

A struggle ensued with Hough inside the vehicle. Hough was shot twice in the torso. The suspect then fled on foot.

Hough was pronounced dead at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville about an hour later.

Bennett and his girlfriend were in the Gainesville area seeking job and housing opportunities, according to police investigators.

Neither of them are from Gainesville, Parrish said, adding that police don't believe the girlfriend "played any role" in the killing.

Court records from Clayton County show Bennett previously pleaded guilty in 2012 to robbery and was sentenced to 15 years with seven years to serve. Information about how long he was imprisoned or when he was released was not immediately available, and calls to the Clayton County Public Defender’s Office were not returned.

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