Two White County residents have been charged with Sunday’s murder of the youth minister of Pendergrass Baptist Church.
The body of Edward Frank Harris, Jr., 44, Clermont, was found off the roadway near a vacant house in Cleveland around 4 a.m. Monday morning.
William Joseph Dyer, 21, and Jennifer Dawn Lineberger, 29, both of Cleveland have been arrested in the killing. Both suspects have been charged with one count of felony murder. Dyer has also been charged with armed robbery.
According to published reports, Harris called his family Sunday night around 7 p.m. from the church to say he was giving “some stranded people” a ride to Cleveland.
Officers of the Cleveland Police Department are being assisted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Cleveland Office, the Office of the District Attorney for the Enotah Judicial Circuit, the White County Sheriff’s Office and the White County Coroner’s Office.
Harris’ body has been transported to the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur for an autopsy. The investigation continues.
Funeral arrangements for Harris will be announced by Little & Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville.