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Family, deputies searching for answers in Richmond Hill homicide case

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William Haymans' oldest son, Billy Jr. William Haymans' oldest son, Billy Jr.
RICHMOND HILL, GA (WTOC) -

A Richmond Hill family is in mourning and demanding answers after 69-year-old William Haymans was fatally shot on Daniel Siding Loop Road.

The Bryan County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident that happened around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

William Haymans' oldest son, Billy Jr., said he finished his graveyard shift and went to his parents house for breakfast. Haymans then left the home to go mow yards, a job he regularly did to supplement his Social Security benefits.

Sheriff Clyde Smith said when Haymans arrived at the house on Daniel Siding Loop Road, the neighbor, also one of his clients, shot him at least twice. That suspect, Richard Burton, then led police on a high speed chase which ended in Liberty County where he was taken into custody.

Randy Hunter considers himself a friend of Burton's. He called Burton a veteran who desperately needed help.

"Very confused type person. Always thinking people are trying to harass him. The electric sign right there tells you this guy has issues."

Hunter also says this isn't Burton's first run-in with law enforcement.

"He's called the Richmond Hill police out here several times saying people are trying to do this to him, do that to him."

Hunter told WTOC he spoke with Burton yesterday, and Burton said he hadn't slept in four days.

Despite what the investigation reveals, Billy Haymans wants his father to be remembered for the good he's done in this close knit community.

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