A suspect in a homicide in Hall County is in the Hall County jail: DeMarvin Bennett is 24 years old, from East Point. He’s charged in last week’s shooting of Gainesville businessman Jack Hough. The 73 year-old was killed while sitting in his car outside a pharmacy in Gainesville. He was waiting for his wife, who was inside the store at the time of the shooting. Gainesville Police say they have recovered the murder weapon.
Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish said Bennett is not connected with any other crimes recently in the area, but he does have a record.
Police believe Bennett approached Hough, who had his car window open, in an attempt to carjack or rob him and the two began to struggle. Hough was shot in the chest and rushed to a hospital, where he died.
Hough, an Air Force veteran, was well-known in the community. He built a hugely successful business developing and operating food courts in malls and airports across the country. He was also a big philanthropist.
"It's senseless. I'm numb. I mean, my wife last night said she couldn't cry anymore," a close friend Andy Piucci told Channel 2 Action News. "He was a great friend and just a wonderful person. It's just horrible."
Hough's death is one of four "random unrelated acts of gun violence” in recent weeks, according to a video message Parrish posted Friday.
“We understand your alarm and concern for your safety in the city,” the police chief said. “We know that random acts of violence are not the norm for Gainesville, Georgia.”
Bennett is currently being held in the Hall County without bond and cooperating with police. He will have a preliminary hearing set for later in the week.