Updated: Mar 10
The Habersham County Coroner, Kasey McEntire, released the following statement regarding the victim from the fire on Yonah Post Rd, Alto on March 7.
”Tthe deceased victim found outside the residence of a Saturday morning house fire on the 600 block of Yonah post road has been identified as 43 year old Alecia Grace Stover of Alto. Results from an autopsy performed at the GBI headquarters in Decatur, Georgia have concluded that Ms. Stover died as a result of blunt force injuries to the head. Her death has been ruled a homicide.”
ConnectLocal.news has contacted Lt. Wurtz to learn whether there have been any additional charges filed against Jeremy Chastain. This report will be updated as soon as additional information is available.
Jeremy Ray Chastain, 30, has been arrested on a charge of criminal trespassing in relation to a deadly house fire yesterday morning, March 7, in the 600 block of Yonah Post Road in Alto. The incident is being investigated as a homicide.
Jeremy Ray Chastain, 30, has been arrested on a charge of criminal trespassing in relation to a deadly house fire yesterday morning, March 7, in the 600 block of Yonah Post Road in Alto. Chastain was arrested yesterday afternoon in Clarkesville.
The incident is being investigated as a homicide, Habersham County Sheriff Lt. Matthew Wurtz told ConnectLocal.news this morning at 11 a.m.
Wirtz confirmed that Chastain stayed at the Yonah Post Road home “at some time” but could not confirm that the home was the suspect's current official residence . Wurtz also said that added or updated charges against Chastain are possible as the investigation continues.
Habersham 911 responded to a "structure fire with unknown entrapment" just before 7 a.m. on March 7 to find the home fire fully involved, A woman’s body was discovered inside the log cabin home and fire officials worked with law enforcement officials to allow collection of evidence while bringing the blaze under control. The home was identified as "a total loss" by nearby residents.
The deceased woman has not yet been identified by officials; her body has been transported to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. No cause of death has yet been issued. Officials expect the coroner's report within the week.
Chastain was released from the Georgia State Prison system on Oct. 8, 2019 after serving four years for a 2015 conviction on Aggravated Assault and Family Battery Violence charges in Forsyth County. Georgia Department of Corrections records show that he was also incarcerated in Georgia from May 2011 to October 2013.
Chastain was convicted for an aggravated battery charge in 2010 in Hall county and sentenced to 10 years. Chastain was convicted in 2010 on a Theft by Conversion charge in Forsyth county and sentenced to 5 years, and in 2007, was convicted on several charges including fleeing police, reckless driving and criminal damage in the second degree, all in Forsyth County.
Photos courtesy of Habersham County Sheriff's Office. Mug shot courtesy Georgia Department of Corrections.