Slaying suspect arrested in Georgia

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 2, 2005

A 20-year-old Wilton man sought in the shooting death of a relative has been arrested.

Draper Scott Terry, 20, of Wilton, was arrested last weekend in Norcross, Ga., and later extradited back to Shelby County. According to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, Terry was charged with capital murder in the death of 36-year-old Robert D. Shoemaker, also of Wilton. Terry apparently lived with Shoemaker at the 100 block of Ewing Street.

Last Friday morning, the sheriff’s department went to Shoemaker’s house after a co-worker reported Shoemaker had not arrived at work that morning. They found Shoemaker in his bedroom, with a gunshot wound to the head. He was already deceased when authorities arrived.

According to a sheriff’s department press release, the weapon thought to be used in the shooting was recovered.

The department’s criminal investigation division collected evidence on the scene, and talked with friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members.

The department determined foul play was involved, and later obtained a warrant charging Terry with capital murder.

A gray Chevrolet Celebrity that belonged to Shoemaker was also missing from the home.

&uot;My condolences go out to the family of Robert Shoemaker. From all indications he was a decent, hard-working person who opened his home to Terry, a distant relative,&uot; Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry said.

While Terry was considered armed and dangerous, he was arrested without incident at a Norcross motel. The Celebrity was recovered late Saturday evening in Bessemer.

– Patrick Johnsto