A 20-year dispute between neighbors over a 200-foot landline tragically escalates to murder.

By Matt Aiken
Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 10:31 AM EDT

Thedahloneganugget.com:Last week's committal hearing for Lewis Dempsey may well have served as a preview of the murder suspect's legal strategy in the upcoming months.

If the case does go to trial, it appears the defense's argument will center around the claim that Dempsey was defending himself when he shot and killed his longtime neighbor Jewell Crane on Mill Creek Road last month.

A possible preview of this case was laid out before Magistrate Judge Jeff Lowe last Tuesday as defense attorney, Jeffrey Wolff, questioned Georgia Bureau of Investigations Special Agent Lauren Fritsch while Dempsey looked on.

Fritsch was the first official to interview Dempsey after a Labor Day shooting which stemmed from a heated debate over the ownership of an approximately 200 foot landline.

This argument had been going on between Dempsey and Crane for more than 20 years.

On Sept. 7, Dempsey was driving his SUV on Mill Creek Road when he saw the 76-year-old Crane pulling out of his daughter's driveway. Dempsey stopped his vehicle and reportedly informed Crane that he was hiring another land surveyor and added that if this didn't settle the matter he would take his neighbor to court.

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