Search continues for murder suspect in Newnan shooting

By ELIZABETH MELVILLE elizabeth@newnan.com Rumors have been circulating that a Newnan man wanted for murder in the Sunday morning shooting death of 37-year-old Maurice Jordan on Ray Street was found dead -- or perhaps clinging to life in an area hospital. That suspect, 36-year-old Spencer Heath, had not been located as of Tuesday, according to Newnan Deputy Police Chief Rodney Riggs.
"We've not confirmed that he's in the hospital or deceased," said Riggs. Police continue to actively search for Heath. Heath is wanted for murder in a fatal shooting that occurred at 21 Ray St., in a neighborhood west of downtown Newnan, around 3 a.m. Sunday. Authorities later determined that Heath and Jordan had an argument earlier in the evening that started in the home on Ray Street and, at some point, spilled into the backyard. Heath allegedly shot Jordan once in the torso with a rifle, according to Riggs. Heath fled the area before police arrived. Jordan was transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Jordan's body was transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab in Atlanta for autopsy, according to the deputy chief. If anyone has information about Heath's whereabouts, they can contact the police department at 770-254-2355, or the city's anonymous tip line, 770-254-2350.

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