published Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Chattooga County incident report details boyfriend's death

Deputies found William Robert Packer in his living room, lying face down, three bullet holes in his back and a pool of blood surrounding his stiff, lifeless body.

Packer died on June 14, and on Thursday the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office arrested his girlfriend, Deborah Elaine Wilkins. But investigators provided few details about the case until the sheriff’s office released an incident report this week.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Joe Montgomery said Wilkins called Chattooga County Chief Deputy Kevin Woods on the afternoon of June 14. While the two talked, sheriff’s deputies drove to Packer’s house, located at 2646 John Jones Road in a rural part of Summerville.

“Bob come on out!” Deputy Charles Cox shouted.

Instead, according to the incident report, Wilkins greeted Cox and the other deputies. She looked drunk. Struggling to string words together, she said she was the only one home.

The investigators went inside anyway. They found a shotgun on the couch and Packer’s body on the floor.

The sheriff’s office arrested Wilkins five days later. She remained in the Chattooga County Jail without bond on Tuesday afternoon.

For more information, read Wednesday’s Times Free Press.

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