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Man held in wife's death denied bond

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Cleveland man Roger Neal Hewell is held in connection with his wife's Christmas Eve death.

A superior court judge has denied bond for a Cleveland man accused of shooting his wife on Christmas Eve.

Records at the White County Clerk's Office show that Judge David E. Barrett of the Enotah Judicial Circuit, which includes White County, issued an order Dec. 30 denying bond for Roger Neal Hewell.

No hearing was conducted. Hewell appeared before a magistrate last week, but White County Sheriff's Chief Deputy John O'Brien said that bond for murder cases usually is decided by superior court.

Hewell, 44, is charged with felony murder in the death of his wife, Sandra Jean Hewell.

The shooting occurred Dec. 24 in the Town Creek area of western White County where Roger Hewell had been cutting wood. A rifle was found at the scene, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman has said.

Roger Hewell also is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Autopsy results for Sandra Hewell have not come back, O'Brien said.

GBI offices were closed Monday for the state's New Year's Day holiday. As a result, it could not be determined if agents have decided whether the shooting was an accident.

O'Brien said, however, that a charge of felony murder still could be warranted if a convicted felon causes the death of another person, regardless of whether it was intentional or accidental.

E-mail: nyoung@gainesvilletimes.com

Originally published Tuesday, January 4, 2005

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