homicide sunday

Denerio Hill

Denerio Dejaun Hill faces murder charge


A family matter turned deadly Sunday afternoon when 59-year-old Blackshear resident George Baker was shot and killed near his home on Eva Street.
Baker’s step-son, 26-year-old Denerio Dejaun Hill, was arrested Sunday night in Douglas and charged with felony and malice murder. Hill was also charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Blackshear Police Department responded to the scene on Eva Street at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday, October 4, to find Baker lying in the roadway. He had reportedly been shot numerous times and struck with a vehicle. Confirmation on cause of death, however, is pending an autopsy.
Arrangements for Mr. Baker are incomplete and will be announced later by Jacobs Funeral Home of Blackshear. 
Investigators issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) for Hill and for a 2011 black Nissan Altima in which Hill was believed to have fled the scene.
Hill was apprehended while walking down a street in Douglas at approximately 10 p.m., seven hours after the shooting occurred. According to Police Chief Chris Wright, Hill did not attempt to flee or resist arrest.
Hill was reportedly in possession of marijuana and $28,000 cash at the time of his arrest, but BPD will not file forfeiture on the cash because there is reportedly no evidence linking the funds to ill-gotten gain.
“The investigation does not lead us to believe the money was proceeds from drug money,” Wright says.
The Altima was also recovered in Douglas. The car was found abandoned, left running and with the door open at Elliano’s Coffee Company, about a mile from where Hill was arrested.
Wright would not speak to motive in the shooting, but did confirm there was a history of dispute between Hill and Baker. Hill was reportedly arrested two years ago for shooting up Baker’s vehicle at the same address, Wright says.