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SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2007

Athens police to discuss shooting

By Holly Hollman
and Paul Huggins

hhollman@ · 340-2445

Athens police have not charged the man they say shot and killed his ax-wielding stepson Friday night.

Lt. Floyd Johnson said investigators will discuss Monday whether to send the case to a grand jury, but as for whether to criminally charge Dave Curtis, “it clearly looks like self-defense.”

The dead man, Charles “Jason” Biggerstaff, 38, of Athens, went to the home of his mother and stepfather, Linda and Dave Curtis, at 301 Gale Lane around 8 p.m. and demanded a shotgun, Police Chief Wayne Harper said.

Threatened with ax

Biggerstaff threatened them with a double-bladed ax, he said. When Dave Curtis went to a bedroom to get the shotgun, Harper said, Biggerstaff knocked Curtis down and threatened him again with the ax. Curtis grabbed a pistol he kept in the bedroom and shot Biggerstaff twice in the chest.

An argument that Biggerstaff had with another man earlier Friday may have led to his search for a shotgun.

Argument over tools

Johnson said Travis Lang Scroggins, 35, of 27646 Jennings Chapel Road, Toney, allegedly went to Biggerstaff’s home at Yarborough and Compton roads. The two got into an argument about tools, and Biggerstaff called police.

Officers allegedly found cocaine and a gun on Scroggins and arrested him on two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon.

A woman who wished to remain anonymous said Biggerstaff left a threatening message on Scroggins’ telephone answering machine, saying he was going to kill him and his family. She said that’s probably why he went to his parents’ home to get a shotgun.

Johnson said that is one of many possibilities. He has the tape of the phone message, but said it doesn’t prove what Biggerstaff’s motives were.

“People say things but never act on them,” he said. “But we’ll never really know what he was thinking and planning.”

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