UPDATE: Man charged with killing mother, family friend 


Highlights

The bodies were found Monday in Morgan County, according to the sheriff.

Officials found the suspected shooter in woods near a home.

A 22-year-old man was arrested and charged with the deadly shooting of his mother and a family friend Monday in east Georgia, the sheriff said.

Justin Slaughter was taken into custody after several law enforcement agencies responded in Morgan County, according to a news release from Sheriff Robert S. Markley’s office.

The body of Paula Slaughter, 54, was found outside a residence, officials said. The dead man was identified as Colin Smith, 53.

Shortly after 5 p.m., deputies responded to a call about a dead person in the 1000 block of Slaughter Veasley Road, the sheriff said. Officials said the shooter was either barricaded in the home with a hostage or hiding in woods outside the home, according to the release.

Authorities secured the perimeter of the home, and a Georgia State Patrol helicopter and Walton County SWAT team helped search for the shooter and other potential victims.

Justin Slaughter was found in the woods near the home and arrested, according to the sheriff.

A motive is not known, and the investigation continues, according to the release. The GBI is assisting.

Know what’s really going on with crime and public safety in your metro Atlanta community, including breaking news, trial coverage, trends and the latest on unsolved cases. Sign up for the AJC’s crime and safety newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox.

In other news:



Next Up in Local

Community Lens for April 26
Community Lens for April 26

Calling amateur photographers! Have you taken a great picture that you’d like to share with the world? One with action, great lighting and/or interesting subjects? E-mail it to communitynews@ajc.com. Please no selfies, for-profit promotional pics, group shots or anything you wouldn’t want your grandma to see.
WATCH: Car thieves abduct 6-year-old from day care parking lot
WATCH: Car thieves abduct 6-year-old from day care parking lot

A 6-year-old child was abducted early Tuesday morning after two car thefts at a Clayton County day care, authorities said.  About five minutes after the car thefts, the child was seen on surveillance video walking back to the Childcare Network Daycare, Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said. It’s not known where he was abandoned...
Former Chattanooga school bus driver gets four years in crash that killed 6 kids
Former Chattanooga school bus driver gets four years in crash that killed 6 kids

A former Tennessee school bus driver was sentenced Tuesday to four years in a crash that killed six elementary school students, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Johnthony Walker, who was 24 at the time, lost control of a bus with 37 Woodmore Elementary School students on board. He swerved, struck a telephone pole and a tree. At the time...
Cops: Mom waited to get child medical care, now faces murder charge 
Cops: Mom waited to get child medical care, now faces murder charge 

A mother faces a second-degree murder charge after she allegedly waited to get her injured 2-year-old medical care, subsequently leading to the child’s death, Floyd County police said. Sydney Dean knew her child was injured and waited several hours until the child was unresponsive to seek medical care, Floyd County police Sgt. Ojilvia Lom said...
Did jurors know they were sending Tex McIver to prison for life?
Did jurors know they were sending Tex McIver to prison for life?

Deadlocked during a fifth day of deliberations, yet urged by the judge to reach a verdict, jurors in the Claud “Tex” McIver murder trial settled on a compromise seemingly satisfying to both sides. A majority of the jurors wanted to convict McIver on felony involuntary manslaughter, a charge that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years...
More Stories