A Camden man was indicted by a Henry County grand jury on charges that he murdered his father.

John Eric Childress, 32, was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of his father, Timothy Childress of Paris.

Timothy Childress, 52, was found in his home at 11770 Highway 641, southeast of Paris, with a single gunshot wound to the head. A neighbor found the deceased and called the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.


John Childress was arrested the following day and charged with his father’s murder. Reports state that there are not other suspects in the murder.

An extensive search began for the murder weapon, but the gun was never found. officers did find a shovel that they believe was used to bury evidence that was connected to the case.

A second defendant, Robert Earl Watts, 56, of 115 Rushing Road in Springville, was indicted for accessory after the fact. Officers believe that Watts tried to warn John that the authorities were looking for him in connection with his father’s death.

Also indicted was Christopher Michael Woods, 32, of Camden. Woods was indicted for identity theft, but is not connected to the Childress case. (Courtesy Camden Chronicle)