Thursday, July 12, 2012
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COVINGTON -- Newton County District Attorney Layla Zon has announced she will seek the death penalty for suspects Jonathan Michael Henderson, 28, and Brawney Jarvis McCullough, 31, in connection with a Feb. 7 double murder of a Tempie Lane man and his aunt.
Both men are charged with two counts each of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
The woman, 66-year-old Peggy Molden and her wheelchair-bound nephew, Donald Eugene McCullough, 56, were found at 108 Tempie Lane, off Ga. Highway 162, by emergency medical personnel after a 911 call was received for medical assistance.
"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," said Newton County Sheriff's Office investigator Lt. Tyrone Oliver. "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 reported at the time of the Covington shooting that McCullough was paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair as a result of a mysterious shooting at his Alabama home. The account said authorities were told a man came to McCullough's door to discuss a dog and shot him, but the case had never been solved.
Brawney McCullough and Henderson were both living in Villa Rica at the time of their arrests in connection with the Covington deaths.