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Woman found dead
Lake Lucinda Drive resident shot in home

COVINGTON - Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies found a woman who had been shot to death in her home about 5 a.m. Wednesday.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Bill Watterson, Catcilia Crowder was dead at the scene when deputies arrived at 120 Lake Lucinda Drive in the Lyndhurst subdivision off Spring Road on the extreme western side of Newton County.

Watterson said the 43-year-old woman was married and the mother of four children, ranging in ages from teens to early 20s. He said there were two other people at the residence at the time of the shooting and one of them called authorities.

WXIA-TV reported it was Crowder's 16-year-old daughter who dialed 911 and reported the shooting. The Atlanta television station also said the shooter apparently gained entry through the back door and fled the scene after the shooting.

Watterson declined to name a suspect early Wednesday morning, hours after the shooting.

"We are currently looking for two other persons of interest that we'd like to talk to about the case," Watterson said.

The woman was shot with a handgun, but Watterson declined to reveal the caliber of the gun.

Crowder was awaiting trial on charges filed against her by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. She was arrested by the GBI on Oct. 5, 2006, and taken to the Newton County Detention Center on charges of theft by deception. According to the arrest warrant, Crowder was accused of "filing a fraudulent income tax return" on behalf of another person and in violation of the laws of Georgia. As a result of filing the false state return, Crowder allegedly received $4,454.

Watterson said early indications were that Crowder's murder was not related to the fraudulent tax return case.

Crowder was also arrested by the NCSO on Sept. 3, 2003, on charges of disorderly conduct.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.