Devereux murder

Pictured in this photograph provided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is the brick house located on Main Street in the Devereux community of Hancock County where human remains were found dismembered in clear plastic behind a shed Friday night.

DEVERAUX, Ga. — The man who was murdered and whose body was then dismembered, wrapped up and hidden behind a shed at a house in Hancock County has been identified, authorities say.

Mary Chandler, special agent in-charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) identified the victim Tuesday afternoon as 29-year-old Justin Yeng Xiong.

The victim had been working for a businessman in Hancock and living in a brick home at 270 Main St. in the Deveraux community of Hancock County for only a short time.

He had previously lived in Putnam County, Chandler said. Several of the victim’s family members still live there.

Chandler said positive identification of the victim was made during an autopsy, which was performed at the GBI Crime Laboratory in Decatur earlier Tuesday.

Meanwhile, authorities have arrested a 33-year-old former Baldwin County man in connection with Xiong’s murder.

The suspect was identified as Christopher Collin Demmon, who was also staying at the brick home where the murder and dismemberment of the victim’s body is believed to have taken place.

Demmon, who is being held in the Aiken County Detention Center in Aiken, S.C., was charged with malice murder Saturday by special agents from the GBI Region 6 Office in Milledgeville. 

The suspect was arrested on various charges by a deputy with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, June 1, about 11:15 p.m.

Demmon faces extradition proceedings from South Carolina back to Georgia to stand trial on the murder charge.

Authorities have not revealed what the possible motive may have been for the slaying and then the cutting up of the victim’s body.

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