Residents in the area of West Moore’s Crossing Road had a quiet Monday evening interrupted by a domestic dispute that left one man dead and a second arrested for his murder. The Upson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the stabbing death of 48-year-old Randy Raines, who lived at 440 West Moore’s Crossing Road. Errick “Redd” Manuel was arrested at the scene and has been charged with malice murder. He remains without bond in the Upson County Jail.
According to Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore, the incident occurred shortly after 7 p.m. Monday.
“On Monday, December 7, at approximately 7:45 p.m., deputies from the Upson County Sheriff’s Office responded to 440 West Moore’s Crossing Road in reference to a 911 call of a domestic disturbance in progress,” Sheriff Kilgore said. “Upson arrival, deputies observed Errick “Redd” Manuel, 43, of Thomaston standing across the road holding a .22 rifle. Manuel, who was covered in blood, was ordered to drop the rifle and surrender to deputies. Randy Raines, 48, of 440 West Moore’s Crossing Road was found lying in his driveway at 440 West Moore’s Crossing Road with a large laceration to his neck. Raines died from his injuries soon after deputies arrived. A 42-year-old female was also in the driveway. She was not injured.”
Further investigation revealed that Manuel was apparently waiting for Raines to come home, and allegedly confronted Raines after he pulled into his driveway. Raines had a .22 rifle with him. Also at the scene was Manuel’s estranged wife, who was having a relationship with Raines. Sheriff Kilgore said the two men argued, then began struggling over the rifle. Sometime during the struggle, Manuel allegedly pulled out a fillet knife and slashed Raines across the neck.
Sheriff Kilgore confirmed later that there was a knife belonging to Manuel found at the scene, and that the gun found in his possession is part of the ongoing investigation.
Manuel’s estranged wife, who has not been identified, had a restraining order taken out in Magistrate Court against Manuel. On November 24, Manuel allegedly violated that order and deputies chased him through Lincoln Park before finally catching him. He was arrested and charged with Stalking, Criminal Trespass, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officers, Reckless Driving, and Obstructing or Hindering Law Enforcement Officers. He bonded out from the Upson County Jail on a $16,275.50 bond.
Sheriff Kilgore said the investigation is continuing.
“The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to assist with the crime scene investigation,” Kilgore said. “The Griffin District Attorney’s Office also responded to assist. This investigation is active and ongoing.”
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