The 58-year-old man who police found dead Sunday at 125 Simon Dr. in the Arco community allegedly was killed four days earlier by the young man who shared a single-wide mobile home with him, Glynn County Police Capt. Marissa Tindale said.
Police discovered the body of Jerry D. Lewis inside the mobile home Sunday afternoon after responding to calls from concerned neighbors, Tindale said. Police subsequently arrested Harrison Charles Lewis, 22, for allegedly killing Jerry D. Lewis. The two men were not related, but shared the mobile home on Simon Drive, a block away from U.S. Highway 341 west of Brunswick, Tindale said.
Jerry D. Lewis died of blunt force trauma to the head, an autopsy conducted Tuesday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Savanah revealed, Tindale said.
When police charged him with Jerry Lewis’ murder, Harrison Charles Lewis was already in jail for allegedly assaulting his father last week, Tindale said. County police arrested Harrison Charles Lewis on Sept. 1 for allegedly assaulting Charlton Lewis, 55, at 401 Ross Road, also in the Arco community, Tindale said.
Harrison Charles Lewis remained Tuesday in the Glynn County Detention Center, charged with murder, as well as aggravated battery and obstructing a person making an emergency telephone call in relation to the previous arrest, according to jail records.
Police responded to the mobile home at Simon Drive at 2:16 p.m. Sunday, responding to a neighbor’s concern because he had not heard from Jerry D. Lewis in several days. Officers on the scene approached the mobile home and “detected what they recognized to be the odor of a decomposing body,” Tindale said. Police then went inside and discovered his body.
Jerry D. Lewis’ death marked the second murder since April at the ramshackle collection of mobile homes on Simon Drive, a dirt path between Austin Street and Robarts Road off of U.S. 341. Daniel Lee Gilliam, 30, was fatally shot April 12 outside of his mobile home at 137 Simon Drive. County police offered a reward for information in Gilliam’s murder, but there has been no arrest.
Glynn County Police Investigator Shaun Johnson is conducting the investigation on the murder of Jerry D. Lewis. Anyone with information can reach Johnson at 912-554-7816.