Cartersville man faces murder, 12 other charges following the beating death of an 86-year-old man last week. Memorial services for Calvin Lee this weekend.

Cartersville man faces murder, 12 other charges following the beating death of an 86-year-old man last week. Memorial services for Calvin Lee this weekend.

Jason Monroe Eldridge, 42, of Cartersville.

From the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office:

According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, on Wednesday May 6, 2020 just after 7 p.m., Jason Monroe Eldridge, 42, of Cartersville, attacked and assaulted 86-year-old Calvin Lee on Floral Drive. Mr. Lee passed away from his injuries and Eldridge was taken for treatment at an area hospital after being shot by a neighbor during the assault. On May 14, 2020, Eldridge was released from his medical treatment and was booked into the Bartow County Jail for the following charges: Murder, Exploitation/Intimidation of an elderly person (2 counts), Battery against a person over 65 years of age, terroristic threats and acts (2 counts), criminal damage to property (2nd degree), criminal attempt to commit felony theft by taking, aggravated assault (2 counts), criminal trespass, and burglary.

Eldridge is being held with no bond, pending a Superior Court bond hearing.


Jason Monroe Eldridge of 19 McKay St., Cartersville, remains in the Bartow County Jail on Friday morning, facing 13 counts including murder and two charges of exploitation and intimidation of disabled adults, elder persons and residents following the death of 86-year-old Calvin Lee, arrest reports show. He was taken into custody on Thursday.

Lee died at Atlanta hospital after being beaten during a home invasion May 6, Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton confirmed.

Previous reports from the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office show Eldridge was shot by neighbors coming to Lee’s aid.

According to previous reports in the AJC: A burglary suspect was shot after entering a man’s Bartow County home and attacking him.

The suspect had been shot several times by the man’s neighbors, who heard the commotion and rushed over to help, police said.

The suspect was trying to attack the man’s neighbors with a metal post, Rogers said. He was held at the scene until deputies arrived.

Eldridge’s arrest comes two days before funeral services begin for Floyd Calvin Lee. His obituary shows that:

Born on April 30, 1934 in Cartersville, he was the son of the late Virgel Lee and the late Mzillie Cothern Lee. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Leroy Lee, William “Bill” Lee, and Marvin Lee; and his sister-in-law, Peggy Lee.Calvin was employed as a heavy equipment operator until his retirement. He enjoyed gardening in his free time; he was a member of Oakland Heights Baptist Church, Cartersville Masonic Lodge #63 for 54 years and the International Union of Operating Engineers. He was one of the most thoughtful and generous men you would ever know.

Survivors include his wife, Rosa Dickson Lee, to whom he was married on December 24, 1954; his son Greg (Sherry) Lee; grandchildren Nicholas (Jesica) Lee, Scott (Mary) Johnson, Leann (John) Rogers and Adrienne (Dustin) Cochran; great granddaughters Abigail Lee, Olivia Lee, Kaitlin Rogers and Amelia Cochran; brothers Earl Lee and CH Lee

Because of continuing Covid restrictions a visitation limited to 10 people at a time and social distancing will be held at Parnick Jennings Funeral Home and Cremation Services from 5 until 8 p.m. on Saturday May 16, 2020. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday May 17, 2020, at Sunset Memory Gardens with Pastor Keith Willard officiating.

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