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NCSO releases ID of murder victim

COVINGTON — The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim in Tuesday’s homicide as Betty Mulbah McClain, 45. Coroner Tommy Davis said that McClain died as a result of gunshot wounds, but no other details about her shooting were released, pending the outcome of an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

McClain was shot and killed Tuesday in an apparent domestic altercation. Aaron Garsua McClain, who was described by authorities as her domestic partner, has been arrested and charged in connection with Betty McClain’s murder.

Deputies were called around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday to 55 Cinnamon Fern Circle in reference to a person shot. When deputies arrived, they found Betty McClain had sustained fatal gunshot wounds and her 12-year-old daughter had also received a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her hand. Aaron McClain’s 3-year-old grandson was also on the scene, but he was not harmed, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Aaron McClain had fled the scene before investigators arrived. A lookout was issued and 45-year-old McClain was found sometime later by a South Carolina state trooper in a vehicle at a hotel in South Carolina, according to the NCSO.

Aaron McClain has been charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and cruelty to children in the first degree.

Deputy Felicia Jefferson said investigators are continuing to investigate the case.