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Man indicted for malice murder of former roommate
Accused of shooting 52-year-old in chest after argument
Christopher John Puckett - photo by FCN file photo

A Forsyth County grand jury has indicted a man for murdering his former roommate in north Forsyth last October.

Christopher John Puckett, who was 31 at the time of his initial arrest, faces one count of malice murder, two counts of felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault, according to a Forsyth County Superior Court bill of indictment.

Puckett was arrested on Oct. 6, 2016, after he reportedly shot Jimmy Scott Hendrix, 52, once in the chest during an argument just before 5 p.m. in the front yard of a home on the 5400 block of Memphis Street, where Hendrix lived and which is near Karr Road between Dr. Bramblett and John Burruss roads, according to officials with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at the time.

Hendrix was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The difference between the felony and malice murder charges involves Puckett being accused of causing the death of Hendrix “irrespective of malice” or “with malice afterthought,” respectively.

At the time of his arrest, drugs and alcohol were not thought to be factors, officials with the sheriff’s office said.

A criminal arrest warrant was issued for Puckett on May 9.

Forsyth County Superior Court Chief Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley is presiding over the case, for which a trial date has not been set.