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Police continue to investigate November fatal shooting of Athens man by his girlfriend's son

Cecil Antonio Pittard

By Joe Johnson

Three weeks 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 his mother's boyfriend, 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," 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.

"The case file for Pittard's death will not be completed until we receive reports back from the GBI," Nichols said, explaining thatinvestigators were awaiting findings from an autopsy and a firearm analysis.

"Once we have a completed case file, we will discuss the case in depth with the district attorney’s office to determine if any charges are appropriate in the case. I do not anticipate the case to be finalized for a few more weeks,"Nichols said. We will continue to provide (the DA's office) 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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