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ATHENS–A man was charged with murder in a shooting death after he smoked methamphetamines.  Jason Charles Smalley, 46, was arrested following the death of Stoney Conley, 32.  The two men were at a residence in the 3800 block of Oakridge Road in Athens July 15.  According to Henderson County Investigators Casey Hampton and Jerry Moore, the men were smoking meth in the front seat of a vehicle when they thought they spotted the shadow of someone near a shed.  Smalley reportedly ran into the residence and retrieved a .22 caliber firearm then began shooting several rounds towards a person he said he could only see from the waist down.  As he approached the body, Smalley said he realized it was Conley. He discarded the gun and ran to notify authorities.  The weapon was later recovered in a wooded area next to the property.  The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) was assisted in the investigation by the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office.  Smalley could be facing other charges in the near future states HCSO.