A 19-year-old Toccoa man is in jail without bond charged in the weekend shooting death of a Demorest man. Authorities arrested Spencer Ray Reason and charged him with murder in the Easter Sunday shooting death of 27-year-old Cody Jacob Stancil.
According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, deputies responded to a report of shots fired at a residence at 150 Welcome Road in Eastanollee early on the morning of April 4. While en route, 911 Dispatch reported a subject was shot and the suspect left in a white Ford Ranger.
“As deputies responded to the shots fire call, they observed a white Ford Ranger parked at the Citgo gas station at 1200 Big A Road,” says Sheriff Shirley. “Units with the Toccoa Police Department responded to the gas station and detained the suspect, allowing backup deputies to continue to the scene.”
When deputies arrived at the residence, they found Stancil in the driveway with a gunshot wound. They began administering first aid, but he died at the scene, Shirley says.
The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI to assist in the investigation. Their investigation revealed an argument broke out at the residence and Reason allegedly fired one shot. Toccoa Police officers notified deputies Reason was the driver of the white Ford Ranger. According to Shirley, further investigation revealed he had a .38 revolver with him and one spent casing.
Officials sent Stancil’s body to the GBI crime lab in Decatur for an autopsy. Stephens County Coroner Chris Van Stephens tells Now Habersham he’s still awaiting those autopsy results.
In addition to murder, deputies charged Reason with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. A judge denied him bond during his first appearance hearing on Monday.