A Madison County deputy faces a murder charge following a domestic incident in Clarke County Nov. 10.

Winford “Trey” Adams III, 32, was charged with murder after Benjamin Lloyd Cloer, 26, Athens, was found shot multiple times at the 6000 block of Old Jefferson Road. Cloer was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has not released what weapon was used in the incident.

According to a press release from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, “Adams turned himself in without incident to one of our Madison County lieutenants who arrived on scene to assist ACCPD officers. Upon conclusion of the investigation, Adams was transported to the Clarke County Jail and charged with murder.”

Madison County Sheriff Michael Moore said Monday morning that Adams had worked a shift Sunday.

“No one had any idea that he would do something like this or that anything was wrong,” he said. "...Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family."

Moore said Adams was employed at the sheriff’s office for approximately one-and-a-half years.

Chief Deputy Jeffrey Vaughn said Adams came to the sheriff’s office from Statesboro and “was given high recommendations from that agency.

“We have never had to discipline him as a deputy sheriff,” he said. “He’s been a model employee.”

Vaughn said Sheriff Moore immediately suspended Adams at the scene and once an interview with Athens police was conducted, he was terminated.

“Trey was assigned to the patrol division as a deputy sheriff and had never had a single complaint for any type of use of force,” said Vaughn. “To be honest, we are all blown away by this reaction to a ‘crime of passion.’ At any rate we do not justify or sympathize Trey’s actions for this horrific offense. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family.”


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