FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. — A Fayette County man has been arrested after allegedly murdering his mother and wife on Saturday.
FOX 5 reports that around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, deputies arrived at the home of 34-year-old Johnny Edwards IV after a call came in about a domestic dispute.
Edwards was standing outside his home when deputies arrived. Deputies entered the home and found the bodies of two women.
Officials were able to link the 911 call to Edwards, making him the main suspect.
On Monday, deputies identified the victims as the suspect’s mother, 57-year-old Kathy Edwards, and his wife, 31-year-old Venus Quanteh, according to FOX 5.
Residents in the Highgrove subdivision were in shock at the scene that unfolded Saturday afternoon.
“It just hurts my heart to even think about it,” Cheryl Bolmon, a Highgrove resident, told FOX 5. “I really feel bad for this whole family, it’s just a sad thing. I can’t imagine what they’re going through.”
Sheriff Barry H. Babb told FOX 5 that the investigation is centering around Edwards.
Karen Harrison and video footage of the argument that later turned into a physical fight
Moultrie, GA — Karen Harrison, a 26-year old mother from Georgia who accidentally dropped her 3-month old son during a fight, has been officially charged with murder. The baby, who was brought to a local hospital for head injuries, has since died.Apparently, Harrison had words with another woman identified as Terra Brown that quickly escalated into a physical fight.
Originally Harrison and her friend, Carneata Clark, told police that the baby was injured after he fell from her friend’s arms while she was holding him. But video footage clearly shows the two arguing and then fighting as Harrison cradles her baby in one arm.
When the two women begin to actually fight, the baby is seen falling to the ground and another woman rushes over to pick the child up.
According to WALB News 10, Harrison was since been charged with felony murder and cruelty to children. Local police say that she has also been charged with simple battery and affray for fighting. Meanwhile, Clark, has been charged with making a false statement and obstruction.
Keith and Valeria Smith left prison near the Mexican border Wednesday morning and began their extradition back to Baltimore to stand trial for the murder of Jacquelyn Smith.
Around 9:30 a.m., authorities escorted the father and daughter from the Cameron County Detention Center in South Texas, said Sheriff Omar Lucio, who runs the prison.
Coverage of the killing of Jacquelyn Smith »
“I checked with my jailer. They didn’t say anything. They knew where they were going,” Lucio said. “They didn’t create any kind of commotion.”
Their quiet departure marked the end of what police described as a run for the Mexican border with detectives closing in on the alleged murderers. Jacquelyn Smith’s husband, Keith Smith, said she was fatally stabbed after she rolled down a car window to give money to a panhandler in East Baltimore. But Baltimore police said Sunday that Keith Smith and his stepdaughter had been arrested in Smith’s death. Jacquelyn Smith, 54, of Aberdeen was an electrical engineer at Aberdeen Proving Ground. She was stabbed five times in her chest and killed in December, and the crime shocked the conscience of Baltimore residents. Her husband, Keith , and his daughter, Valeria , claimed the killing happened […]
No one answered when a social worker knocked on the door.
Not Shana Decree or her three children. Not her sister or her three children.
All was quiet inside unit S-7 at Robert Morris Apartments – because most of the people who lived there were dead.
It’s not clear why the case worker was checking on the apartment in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, near the Delaware River. But when there was no response Monday afternoon, she asked a maintenance worker to unlock the door, according to court documents.
The scene inside was straight from nightmares: Overturned furniture, shattered glass and clutter throughout the home. Two disoriented women. And five bodies, including three children, in a backroom.
The details come from an affidavit for probable cause, which accuses Shana Selena Decree, 45, and her daughter, Dominique Klaran Decree, 19 – the two who were found alive – of killing the other five.
The two women are each facing five counts of criminal homicide and one count of conspiracy to commit criminal homicide.
It was not immediately clear whether who is representing them.
Authorities identified the victims as Shana Decree’s children Naa’Irah Smith, 25, and Damon Decree Jr., 13; Shana Decree’s sister, Jamilla Campbell, 42; and Campbell’s 9-year-old twin daughters, Imani and Erika Allen. Another relative, Campbell’s 17-year-old son, Joshua, has been found unharmed, police said.
Authorities said that there are no other suspects in the case.
“I am sure that you’re going to ask me why this has occurred and what the motivation is, and as confusing as it was night, we are no closer to understanding that in the harsh light of day,” Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said Tuesday during a news conference. “We will continue to pursue every lead and to work this case to its just conclusion. I expect that will be a long and laborious process, but we will always keep Naa’Irah, Damon, Jamilla, Erika and Imani first and foremost in our minds and our hearts as we work to get justice for them.”
Weintraub told reporters Tuesday that authorities are investigating the brutal massacre to determine how exactly the family members died, when it happened and why they may have been killed.
When asked whether it may have been a murder-suicide pact, the district attorney said it was a “potentiality.”
Police responded to the home about 4 p.m. Monday and found Shana and Dominique Decree “disoriented” in bed. The two were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, according to court records.
Meanwhile, according to the court records, police uncovered a gruesome scene in a backroom in the apartment – one person’s body was face-up on a bed, with his head toward the end and his right foot through the wall to the next room.
Another was on the bed, and one was sitting up against it. One of the children was on the floor. And one person was buried beneath another body.
During an interview with police, Shana and Dominique Decree denied knowing what had happened, then told police Campbell’s boyfriend and two other men had come into the apartment and killed the victims, according to the court records.
Later, Shana Decree told police the victims, including the three children, wanted to die and had been discussing suicide, according to the court records.
Ultimately, police said, Shana and Dominique Decree told investigators about a complicated plan that allegedly involved some of the victims killing each other – at least one of them being choked to death – and then Shana and Dominique Decree killing the rest of them, according to the court documents.
Authorities said the 17-year-old boy, who has since been found safe, was not at home during the killings.
Shana Decree was arraigned in the early hours of Tuesday morning and her daughter, Dominique, was arraigned in the afternoon. Both women are being held without bail, according to booking records.
“I just feel very confident that we have the two killers locked up that committed these atrocious, atrocious murders,” Weintraub, the district attorney, said.
A mother and her teenage son were fatally stabbed, strangled and bludgeoned with a gym weight in their Bronx apartment by a fiend who callously threw torn-up money on the woman’s body before fleeing, sources told The Post.
Marisol Ortiz, 51, of Belmont, and her youngest son, Alanche del Orbe, who was a day away from turning 15, were found dead at 3:38 p.m. Sunday in their East 185th Street apartment and police were searching into the late-night hours for the woman’s ex-con boyfriend, sources said.
The crime was incredibly vicious. While both had been bashed with a heavy weight, the mother was also stabbed in the head and the boy strangled, according to law enforcement sources.
Ortiz’s 22-year-old daughter discovered the bloody bodies.
“I just heard the daughter screaming,” an upstairs neighbor, Iris Rosa, 58, told The Post. “I didn’t hear no words. It was just ‘Ahhhhh!’ And then nothing.”
The daughter, whose name was not released, had rushed home after the mom’s colleagues called to say she hadn’t been to work Sunday.
Ortiz, a business owner, had not shown up in the morning to open her store, and her distraught daughter called police.
“She was on the sidewalk, on the phone,” Rosa said. “She was crying.”
When cops arrived, they found the mother of four dead on the floor in one room and the boy, who may have been attacked as he slept, dead on a bed in another.
A bloody knife was found near the teen. Cops believe the killer left an exercise weight by each body after using them to bludgeon their heads, according to a law enforcement source.
A source also said cops found torn money on the mom’s body, but could give no more details.
Police did not immediately release the name of the boyfriend, who sources said has a prison record for assault.
Cops could not say exactly when the murders happened, but a neighbor, Angel Cabrera, told NBC News that he heard screaming at 1 or 2 a.m., but had thought it was from a party.
Haydee Leonardo, del Orbe’s grieving cousin, told The Post outside the apartment Sunday night, “Tomorrow is his birthday.”
The youngster’s Facebook page shows him to have been a Yankees fan who enjoyed rap music and playing baseball with his father.