COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office has announced that the son of one of the two murder victims slain at their home on Tempie Lane on Feb. 7 is believed to be one of the perpetrators of the crime. Arrests were made Friday in connection with the murder of the woman and her middle-aged nephew.
According to NCSO Lt. Tyrone Oliver, Brawney Jarvis McCullough, 31, of 801 Hickory Level Road, Villa Rica, and Jonathan Michael Henderson, 28, of Hometown Lodge, Villa Rica, are being held at the Newton County Detention Center on two counts of murder each.
The woman and her wheelchair-bound nephew resided at 108 Tempie Lane, off Ga. Highway 162, and were both shot and found dead inside their home. They were identified as Peggy Molden, 66, and Donald Eugene McCullough, 56.
"The investigation showed that Brawney McCullough, who is the son of victim Eugene McCullough and the nephew of Peggy Molden, along with Jonathan Henderson, did commit this crime," Oliver said. "The investigation also showed that there was a connection between incidents that took place in Alabama years prior and the incident in Newton County."
An Alabama newspaper had reported earlier this week that McCullough was paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair after he was the victim of a mysterious shooting at his home there. The report said authorities were told a man came McCullough's door to discuss a dog and shot him.
Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Office and the Villa Rica Police Department assisted in the apprehension.