On Monday, December 7 2015 at approximately 7:45 pm 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. Upson arrival, deputies observed Eric “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.
Our preliminary investigation indicates that the female is the estranged wife of Manuel and she and Raines now have a relationship. There is an order from Magistrate Court that prohibits Manuel from contacting the female. Evidence indicates that Manuel went to the residence of Raines and a confrontation ensued resulting in the death of Raines.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to assist with the crime scene investigation. The Griffin District Attorney’s Office responded to assist. This investigation is active and ongoing.
Eric “Redd” Manuel is being held in the Upson County Jail. Warrants will be sought charging Manuel with Murder.