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Arrest Made in Murder of Elderly Cartersville Man

May 15, 2020–7:05 a.m.


(via WBHF) The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jason Monroe Eldridge of Cartersville and charged him murder and numerous other felonies, as a result of a home break-in last Wednesday.

86-year-old Calvin Lee was killed when Eldridge broke into his Floral Drive home last Wednesday evening. According to the police report, neighbors heard a commotion at the residence and found Eldridge beating Lee with an object.

One neighbor shot Eldridge twice and held him at gunpoint until BCSO deputies arrived at the scene.

Eldridge was transported to Cartersville Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, while Lee passed away at an Atlanta area hospital over the weekend as a result of his injuries.

One witnessed stated that Eldridge may have been under the influence of drugs. Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap all but confirmed the suspicion to WBHF on Monday morning.

Eldridge has been charged with murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of terroristic threats and acts, two counts of exploitation and intimidation of elder persons, battery against a person who is 65-years-old or older, criminal attempt to commit a felony, burglary, criminal damage to property in the second degree, battery, and criminal trespass.