****UPDATE****** GBI Arrests Trenton Man for Mother’s Death


Roger Allen Shrader (above) was taken into custody late Friday evening for the homicide of Lagatha “Kathy” Shrader Watson, 81, of Bryant, AL. According to the Dade County Sheriff’s Department, Shrader will be charged with the following;

Felony Murder (OCGA 16-5-1)

Malice Murder (OCGA 16-5-1)

Aggravated Assault by Strangulation (OCGA 16-5-21)

Aggravated Assault (OCGA 16-5-21)

Other charges levied will depend upon the results of Monday’s autopsy report, according to Sergeant Chad Payne.


Trenton, GA (March 4, 2022) – The GBI has arrested and charged Roger Allen Shrader, age 58, of Trenton, GA with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and aggravated assault by strangulation. This arrest comes after the Dade County Sheriff’s Office asked agents in the Calhoun regional investigative office to assist with a homicide investigation.

On March 4, 2022,  Dade County deputies responded to 53 Brow Road, Trenton GA to conduct a welfare check.  The deputies discovered a deceased woman identified as Lagatha Shrader Watson, age 81, of Bryant, Alabama.  Watson’s adult son,  Shrader, was taken into custody and booked into the Dade County Jail.

This investigation is active and ongoing. Once complete, the casefile will be given to the Dade County District Attorney for prosecution.