Nov 19, 2021 12:00 PM

Savannah man faces murder charge in Union Star death

Posted Nov 19, 2021 12:00 PM

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

A Savannah man has been charged with the murder of a St. Joseph man, whose remains were found at a Union Star residence earlier this month.

DeKalb County Prosecutor Erik Tate has filed a second-degree murder charge against Jodi Jacob Downs in the death of Dennis Patterson, Jr. Downs originally had been taken into custody on a weapons charge. Two other people, residents of the home, were arrested on weapons charges as well.  59-year-old Kevin McGinnis and 26-year-old Kori McGinnis are considered persons of interest in the case.

DeKalb County Sheriff Kasey Keesaman called in help from surrounding law enforcement agencies after discovering remains in the house earlier this month.

A search of the Union Star residence began on the 8th. The remains were found two days later.