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February 3, 2022

Three face capital murder charges in December Lee County homicide

Mary Apel

Three people face capital murder in Lee County in connection to the December death of a man in Plantersville.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Department identified the suspects as Gavin Jeffers, 28, of West Point; Christopher Clayton, 21, of Fulton; and Shanery Hampton, 29, of Macon.

On the afternoon of Dec. 22, Lee County deputies responded to a house on County Road 746 where they found Justin Mayfield in the bathtub, dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

According to the sheriff’s department, officers found weapons, large amounts of marijuana and cash.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson says investigators found out the three armed suspects allegedly broke into the home to rob Mayfield.

Johnson says Mayfield fought the suspects and was shot. The suspects allegedly stole cash and narcotics. “They knew the contents inside this home,” he said.

Johnson says Jeffers also has ties to Chicago, where he has convictions for aggravated kidnapping, home invasion, carjacking, aggravated robbery, and burglary.

More arrests are expected.

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