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A week later, police continue to investigate fatal shooting of Athens man by his girlfriend's son

By Joe Johnson

A week after an Athens man reportedly shot and killed his mother’s boyfriend, Athens-Clarke County police have yet to bring any criminal charges.

On the evening of Nov. 25, 29-year-old Joshua Lamar Scott reportedly got into an altercation in his mother's Garnett Ridge home with Cecil Antonio Pittard, 32, of Hollow Ridge Drive that ended with Scott fatally shooting Pittard.

"Both Scott and his mother stated that Cecil had started a confrontation with Scott, culminating in the shooting," acting police Public Information Officer Capt. John Radford said. "Scott was detained but released without arrest."

According to Capt. Christopher Nichols, commanding officer of the Criminal Investigations Division, additional investigation was required before deciding what, if any, charges should be filed.

We are analyzing physical evidence collected at the scene, interviewing persons who were in the residence at the time of the shooting, speaking with individuals who had contact with the involved persons prior to the shooting, and are working closely with the Clarke County corner and the GBI medical examiner’s office,” Nichols said.

He added, “We were in contact with the District Attorney’s Office immediately after the shooting, and we will continue to provide them updates on the case as it continues to develop.”

Police asked for anyone with information about the shooting to contact Detective Michael Carroll at (762) 400-7098 or

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