Dispute over money leads to murder

By Mehgaan Jones


Anthony Eugene Argo, Jr., 30, has been indicted by a Clayton County grand jury on charges of murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and robbery.

Argo allegedly killed Robert Jennings during an argument over a debt.

According to the indictment issued last Wednesday, Argo allegedly caused the death of Jennings by striking him in the head with an unidentified object.

On Saturday, April 17, according to the indictment, Argo confronted Jennings at J&M Automotive, in Jonesboro, regarding $23 that Jennings owed him. Jennings paid Argo the money, according to the indictment.

"He [Jennings] also owed Argo's uncle $100 dollars. Jennings advised Argo he would make good on the money," according to police.

After Argo reportedly threatened Jennings, Jennings went into an office, as Argo went to the rear of the business. "A witness saw Argo put something heavy in his hand, and wrap a cloth towel around his fist," the warrant application said.

According to the application, the witness explained that Argo, in the past, has said that he does this so he will not leave any marks on his knuckles when he strikes people.

"The accused did engage in a verbal argument with Jennings regarding a financial matter and follow[ed] Jennings into his office ... where he struck Jennings, in the forehead causing him to fall to the ground and hit the back of his head, knocking him unconscious ...," the warrant application said.

The indictment said that Argo did commit theft ... "from the person of Robert Jennings, by use of force."

According to the arrest warrant application, a second witness heard a loud crash in the office. "He went to investigate and saw Argo standing over Jennings, who was unconscious on the floor," the application said.

Jennings was transported to Southern Regional Medical Center, in Riverdale, and then to Grady Memorial Hospital, in Atlanta, where he died of traumatic brain injury complications, on April 19, police said.

According to Clayton County Jail officials, Argo remained in custody at the jail on Tuesday. He is represented by attorney, Brandy Alexander, of the Public Defender's Office, who could not be reached for comment. Online court records did not indicate a date for Argo's next court hearing.