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A Michigan teenager who fatally stabbed a high school classmate during an argument over a boy was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Tanaya Lewis, 19, pleaded no contest last month to first-degree premeditated murder in the September 2018 stabbing death of 16-year-old Danyna Gibson.

Gibson was stabbed multiple times in the chest and back by Lewis, who brought a steak knife to Fitzgerald High School in Warren, Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Lewis chased Gibson around a classroom and stabbed her numerous times in front of horrified students and a teacher.

Lewis, who was then 17, said she still has nightmares about attacking Gibson during a fight over her ex-boyfriend.

"If could take it back, I would," Lewis said during Wednesday's hearing. "I accept the punishment ... and I know no amount of apologies will take it back ... and I'm so, so sorry. I just hope one day, you'll be [able to] forgive me."

Lewis will be eligible for parole after 25 years due to credit for time served.

Gibson's aunt, Christina Ford, read a statement via video on behalf of the victim's mother. She said there's "really no words" to explain the pain caused by losing a child to violence.

"I mourn the loss of my baby every day," the statement read. "Times does not heal. It is more of a punishment because the more time that passes the more I realize I will never see my baby again."

"You took a life that was so beautiful," the statement continued. "All I ask is that the Lord have mercy on your soul."

The aunt said she didn't think the family would be able to forgive Lewis.

"She gets a chance to get out and have whatever life she has left. Yeah, it's going to be hard for her to get a job because she's a felon. So what? She still gets to see her people. She still gets to have kids, she still gets to get married, she still gets to do all that. My niece doesn't."

Gibson, a straight-A student, was studying to be a computer engineer and was already learning how to build robots, her father said.

"I feel like I was robbed by the system," Preston Gibson said. "I feel like I was robbed by her mother and I feel like I was robbed by a teenager. Although my baby's not here, I'm still paying child support. My baby's dead and I don't get no justice for it. This is how I feel. Everybody who played a part in her death... f*** y'all."

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Hundreds of mourners gathered at a candlelight vigil in Alabaster for slain Alabama State University student Adam "Belle" Dowdell on Thursday night.

The 22-year-old student-athlete's body was found behind a church not far from the ASU campus on Monday.

More than 200 mourners hugged, prayed, and released red balloons in Dowdell's memory on Thursday.

"Belle was a lot of things to a lot of people," said the Rev. Gerry Bivins of Bethesda Apostolic Worship Center in Montevallo, and family friend. "He was a great athlete. I remember him coming into the barber shop with that bushy hair, but he could catch a football. We’re going to miss him."

He continued: "Black folks, it's not enough to try to get white folks to understand that Black lives matter. We can't keep killing our brothers and our sisters. I don't care who like it and who don't," Bivins said.

His mother, Toya Cohill, told police her son left his dorm with a friend to go to an ATM machine on Tuesday, Sept. 8, but he never returned.

Police have not announced any arrests or suspects. But Cohill and other family members named the man they believe is responsible for Dowdell's death.

Cohill and a cousin identified Chicago native Ivry Hall as the friend who accompanied Dowdell to an ATM machine last week.

Cohill posted photos of her son and Hall on Facebook late Wednesday. She wrote in all caps: "THEY GOT HIM!!... THANK YOU JESUS... WHEN I TELL Y'ALL GOD IS AWESOME!! HE IS AWESOME!! JUSTICE FOR ADAM DOWDELL AKA BELLE... I WON'T MISS A COURT DATE!"

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Cohill didn't go into any specifics, but a cousin revealed more information in the comments section of a YouTube video posted by a crime blogger on Thursday.

A user named "Yazmine" wrote: "They have phone records that prove that he had intentions on hurting my cousin... phone records have proven a lot more than we knew. Stay tuned!"

She added:

"We are hurting BADLY! We have so many questions, and we are angry. This young man took his life for no reason, then fled out of state. That screams GUILT all day! You'd think that all that he experienced in Chicago, he would make better decisions being that he's trying to be an influencer. This is not what a good influence does. Only a cold-hearted person would do this!"

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Dowdell's mom addressed the crowd at the vigil. She warned the crowd to be wary of the people in their circle.

"Make sure the person you call your friend is really your friend," Cohill said. "Be cautious on who you call your friend. Everybody that smiles in your face is not your friend. That goes for friends, family, your next-door neighbors, your roommates.

"You have to limit yourself, limit the people who know your A to your Z," she said.

Cohill cautioned the crowd to turn on their location on their phones.

"Stay focused on where you're at when you go somewhere. It's hard for people to keep up with you when you don't turn your location on," Cohill said. "Your parents aren't trying to run your business. They're just trying to keep up with you."

She said her son didn't turn off his location. "They turned it off. I know this for a fact, my child didn't go down without a fight."

"It wasn't right how they did my baby," Cohill said. I don't want this to happen to my worst enemy. I just want justice for my baby."
 

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Ivry Hall (right), a sophomore majoring in business at Alabama State University, is a person of interest in the murder case of ASU student Adam Dowdell, whose body was found behind a church on Monday.

Dowdell's mother, Toya Cohill identified Hall as the friend who went with her son to an ATM machine last week. Dowdell, 21, never returned to his dorm room.

He was missing for 5 days when his body was found behind a church not far from the ASU campus.

Cohill posted photos of her son and Hall on Facebook late Wednesday. She wrote in all caps: "THEY GOT HIM!!... THANK YOU JESUS... JUSTICE FOR ADAM DOWDELL AKA BELLE... I WON'T MISS A COURT DATE!"

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Hall, a 20-year-old Chicago native, grew up on the South Side, and overcame incredible odds to become Valedictorian at Tilden high School.

According to ABC7, Hall moved in with a cousin after his single mom passed away from cancer when Hall was 12.

"When my mom passed away, I was so hurt. And I just wanted to do better," he told ABC7.

"I had to get on three buses and one train!" Hall said. It took him 2 hours to get to school.

Hall said his childhood was filled with trouble.

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"Gang banging. I used to smoke when I was little," Hall said, adding that he dropped out of school at one point.

"I did a lot of stuff. That's just from the image I was seeing so I wanted to do it too," he said.

"I don't believe in giving up, and I think that failure is not an option," Hall said.

When he was a senior, he lost his dad to lung failure.

"Of course, I lost my mom. I lost my dad. I wish they were still here to see what I've accomplished now, but they're not. Everything is not going to come as you want it," he said.

Despite the tragedy and setbacks in his life, Hall persevered and studied hard to become school valedictorian.

"I always wish that I could graduate valedictorian, and look, I did," Hall said. "I was beyond happy."

In 2019, Hall headed to Alabama State University on a full scholarship.

"Major in business, so I can open up my own business. I'm not for sure what I want to open up, but I want to help people, like she's doing," Hall said, referring to his mentor, Sally Hazelgrove, who runs an Englewood boxing gym.

"I'm going to go to college and graduate, so I'm going to find a way to study. I'm going to find a way to do everything without giving up. If I give up, I will be just like everybody that I know," Hall said.

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Georgia authorities are searching for a man who was captured on CCTV footage dumping his girlfriend's body in a Buford neighborhood.

According to Gwinnett police, 20-year-old Shakeya Smith's body was located around 5 a.m. Saturday. Neighbors heard gunshots shortly before her body was found.

Smith's boyfriend, Moses Dyl, is wanted by police for questioning. He was observed on security cameras before fleeing the scene in his car. He is wanted on felony murder and aggravated assault charges.

Gwinnett police say Smith had "visible injuries and bleeding" on her body, indicating she was beaten before being shot.

"I don't know that any visible bullet wounds were observed. All I know is that there were visible injuries and bleeding," said Master Officer Jacob Albright.

Dyl was last seen in the Lithonia, Georgia area and he is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

He is described as 5-feet-11 inches tall and weighs around 200 pounds. Anyone with information should contact Gwinnett police at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8577.

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A Minnesota man allegedly killed his wife after an argument over lack of sex escalated to violence, CBS Minnesota reported.

Police say after 48-year-old Jason Michael Mesich killed Angela Lynn, 47, he turned the gun on his two next-door neighbors, sisters who were packing up a moving truck at the time.

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12-year-old Makayla Saulter-Outlaw and her sister Canisha Saulter, 29, survived but are hospitalized with gunshots wounds. Makayla was shot in the head and is in critical condition. Canisha was shot several times in the legs and left hip. She is in serious condition.

Police say Makayla shielded her older sister's 1-year-old daughter, Winter. Canisha is unable to see her baby in the hospital due to Covid-19 restrictions.

First responders found Mesich in the basement of his home, where he allegedly fired his gun before surrendering to police.

He has been charged with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder.

Mesich reportedly told police he and his wife had argued in the garage about the couple's lack of sex before he shot her.

He told police he didn't remember the details of the shootings other than the argument with his wife. He said he "probably" went into the house to retrieve his gun.

He told police his wife hit him and he then punched her in the collarbone and she "told him" to kill her, MailOnline reports.

He also reportedly said he shot the two sisters because they were not "good neighbors" and that "he hated all children".

The family launched a GoFundMe account to raise money for the sisters' expenses.

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Paris Cameron's killer, 19-year-old Devon Kareem Robinson, was convicted of murder in the deaths of Cameron, 20, and two others at a Detroit house party.

"Paris was a fireball," said Cameron's friend, Sunshine Johnson. "She was a loving spirit. She tried to help everybody"

Johnson said Cameron loved cooking soul food, voguing and watching RuPaul’s Drag Race.

On May 25, 2019, Cameron met 19-year-old Robinson at a Detroit gas station and invited him to attend a nearby party.

He hesitated.

"He would walk back to her, walk away from her, walk back," says special prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz.

Robinson walked home, then eventually changed his mind and went to the party. Police say he had sexual encounters with several people at the house party.

One witness said he left the party looking a little blank, Powell Horowitz tells PEOPLE.

Surveillance cameras show him pacing and dry heaving in the gas station parking lot before he returned to the house party.

"An hour later, you see the figure emerge running toward where the house party was. He kicks in the door and begins just fire indiscriminately killing three people," Powell Horowitz tells PEOPLE. "Two others survived, but watched their friends die in their arms."

Following his conviction on three counts of first-degree murder and other charges, Robinson was sentenced to three life terms in prison without parole on June 30, 2020.

“Hate comes in many forms, and self-hate is a driving factor in harming these trans women of color," says Powell Horowitz.

Cameron was one of 26 transgender women murdered in 2019 in what the Human Rights Campaign has called an "epidemic of violence."

Powell Horowitz said the murders are fueled by self-hate and fear.

"It's almost always men who identify as straight who are harming trans women. It's almost always motivated by fear of being found out. They would literally rather kill them than be found out," Powell Horowitz says.

Johnson maintains a Facebook page, Long Live Paris, in Cameron's memory.

"I'm going to always keep her memory alive," Johnson says. "The love we had for one another was unconditional. That young lady was really everything I was trying to be. I miss her every day."
 

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An Iowa man confessed to killing a father-of-17 at his 8-year-old son's funeral on Saturday.

Neumonie Tre Vonne Laster, 24, admitted shooting Jeramie Shorter, 26, while attending the funeral of his son Jermier Leon Shorter, who died after a long battle with cancer.

The murder happened outside a Davenport funeral home at 11:30 a.m. Davenport police say Laster knew visitation was set for 9 a.m. at the funeral home. He lay in wait for Shorter in the parking lot of the funeral home at 3625 Jersey Ridge Road.

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Authorities say Laster "willfully, deliberately and with premeditation" shot Shorter in a parking lot/garage area.

Laster fled in a 2004 Infiniti G35 without license plates. Police spotted him in the 800 block of West 15th Street after Laster ran through a red light.

A foot chase ensued and police tackled Laster and arrested him in the 800 block of West 16th Street. Police observed Laster toss a bag over a fence. The murder weapon was recovered from the bag, according to KWQC.

Laster was charged with murder in the first degree, police said.

Family members who buried little Jermier on Saturday came together to attend a vigil for his father at Centennial Park on Sunday.

"Why would you want to bring a gun to a kids wake? To a baby's wake? No matter what's going on. Where was your mind thinking?" said Jamie Delaney Shorter, Jeramie Shorter's father.

"Him losing his son. I'm losing my grandson to cancer that he fought for many years. We went through that two weeks ago, then to go through this? Now I don't have him. It's hard," Jamie said.

"The way that he lost his life wasn't right. Not in front of his kids," said Shavonta Randle, the mother of one of Jeramie's 17 children.

"A lot of them don't understand what's going on just yet. So just being around everybody and everybody out hanging out loving on each other is what they're going to need," she said.

"He loved his kids. That's all that mattered... He loved them all unconditionally and they all love they dad," Randle said, "Everybody always used to say about how many kids he had but now that he's gone that's all we have to hold on to."

"Their grandpa is gonna be there for them," Shorter said, "They all they got. Each other. I'm going to try to teach them that. I want to teach my grandkids all to pray and ask God to help us all cause we're going to need help. They're going to need help."

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A 20-year-old Dallas man has been charged in the shooting death of male-to-female trans Merci Richey, aka Merci Mack, last month. Mack, 22, is the 19th trans person to die a violent death in 2020.

Police arrested Angelo Walker who allegedly killed Richey over a video of the two together.

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Richey (pictured) was found in a Dallas parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound to the head on June 30.

An eyewitness told police he was inside his apartment when he looked out a window and saw Walker "chasing a woman" through the parking lot.

Walker shot the victim then stand over the victim and fired his weapon multiple times. Richey was pronounced dead at the scene.

The witness said Walker and the victim had argued over a video and Richey threatened to share the video on social media.

In a Facebook video, Richey threatened to post an intimate video of the two of them on Snapchat the day before the murder.

Walker was charged with murder in the second-degree and booked into the Dallas County Jail on Wednesday. His bail was set at $900,000.

Richey's sister, Tyeshia Rickett, told the Dallas Morning News her family was relieved to learn of Walker's arrest.

She said Richey was a "happy person" who doted on his niece and nephews.

"That's the kind of auntie she was: 'I don't care what your mama said, come get in this car, and we're going to get some ice cream.' They loved her," Rickett said.

Rickett said she appreciated the outpouring of love and support for Richey online.

"I knew she had friends, but I didn't know it was that many," she said. "It was heartwarming to see everybody's pictures and videos that they shared. It was so amazing."

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31 people were shot and 5 killed in Atlanta over the weekend, including 8-year-old Secoreia Turner.

Secoriea was riding in a car with her mother and a male friend when she was shot and killed by BLM activists guarding the burned out shell of a Wendy's restaurant in Southwest Atlanta on Saturday.

Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris thinks he knows who's responsible for the bloodshed on Atlanta's streets.

T.I. sparked controversy on Sunday with an Instagram post that seemed to suggest the Atlanta police were randomly shooting people and blaming Black Lives Matter activists.

The rapper, who fancies himself to be the modern day Malcolm X, posted a photo of an Atlanta police cruiser under the headline "4 killed, 22 people injured in 6 different shootings on 4th of July weekend, police say."

He captioned the post: "Think it's a game if u want to...."

The diminutive hip-hop star was criticized for his post. One IG usr wrote:

"Yeah it was the police that shot a 8yr old child... secoriea turner...man @troubleman31 get yo expoditously self out of here ...half them was caused by yo own people...cops may be killing yall and us other minorities( cause we havent been there).. but yo own kind is the reall kkk...blacks kills themselves off more than the kkk has every tried to in this current times." [sic]

 

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22-year-old male-to-female trans Merci Mack is the 4th trans person killed during Pride month, and the 19th trans person to die a violent death in 2020.

Mack was found in a Dallas parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound to the head on Jun 30. There were no eyewitnesses to the shooting, and police have no suspects in the murder.

Residents reported hearing gunshots around 5 a.m., but apparently did not call 911. A passerby who found Mack unconscious did call 911 around 6:15 a.m. but Mack was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police spoke with Mack's family, who used Mack's birth name, Richey. Police said they have "not been provided with a preferred name at this time."

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Mack's murder follows the death of 17-year-old Brayla Stone (pictured) who was found dead in a suburb of Little Rock, Arkansas last week.

A man claiming to be the murderer bragged on social media that he was paid $5,000 for the hit.

Riah Milton was shot and killed during an armed robbery attempt in Ohio. Police arrested three people in connection with that murder.

All three transgenders were presumed to be sex workers. These types of deaths usually go unreported in the news media because the police "misgender" the victims.

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A Georgia man is charged with murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Haley Hutcheson early Sunday.

William Marcus Wilson turned himself in to police on Wednesday. He was accompanied by his attorney, who said Wilson was protecting his girlfriend when the fatal shot was fired.

The 21-year-old told police he was out with his girlfriend around midnight in Sharpsburg, GA, when they encountered a group of white teens who called them racial

Sharpsburg is located about 40 miles south of Atlanta. Georgia is a Stand Your Ground state.

After Wilson and his girlfriend decided to leave, the teens followed them, driving behind him and screaming racial slurs while playing music from the thriller movie "The Purge."

When the other group tried to drive them off the road, Wilson fired a warning shot, striking Haley Hutcheson, one of the people in the truck, according to a Change.org petition.

Statesboro Police Department later issued a warrant for Wilson's arrest "after detailed investigative work, forensic findings, and tips from civilians," according to The Statesboro Herald.

Wilson is charged with one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault in Hutcheson's shooting death.

"This investigation benefited tremendously from information provided to detectives by persons in the community," Capt. Jared Akins said. "As with most cases, the public's cooperation was a vital element in ensuring a timely resolution to this homicide."

Wilson is currently being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail.

Wilson's family created a petition to call attention to Wilson's case and make sure he receives a fair trial.

Update: Hutcheson's mother, Allison, posted this anguished message on social media.

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Update: Haley's sister, Brianna, commented that Alison is Haley's stepmother, and didn't really know Haley. She also asked why the boys in the truck weren't charged.

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Rayshard Brooks, the 27-year-old Black man who was shot by an Atlanta police officer, died from 2 gunshot wounds to the back, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.

Brooks was gunned down in a Wendy's parking lot while fleeing from police late Friday night.

The incident began when police responded to a report that a man was asleep in a car in the Wendy's drive-thru lane. His car was blocking other cars in the drive-thru lane.

Police body cam video shows Brooks having a polite conversation with one of the officers. After failing a field sobriety test, he asked if he could park his car and walk to his sister's house a short distance away, but his request was denied.

Police attempted to cuff Brooks but he resisted and a struggle ensued between the three men.

Brooks was able to wrest a taser away from one of the cops and flee on foot. Surveillance video shows Brooks turning and pointing the taser at a pursuing officer who then fired three shots, killing Brooks.

The officer who fired his weapon was fired on Saturday after officials viewed the boy cam footage and determined the use of deadly force was not justifiable.

His partner was assigned to desk duty while the investigation into the officer-involved shooting continues.

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields resigned and her resignation was accepted by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Saturday.

Protesters demonstrated peacefully outside the Wendy's restaurant on Saturday. But paid agitators in the crowd burned the restaurant to the ground overnight Sunday.

The Atlanta Police Dept. is offering a $10,000 reward for the capture of a Caucasian woman who allegedly set the blaze that torched the restaurant.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard released a statement on Sunday:

"Today, members of my staff had the unfortunate duty of witnessing the autopsy of Mr. Brooks as part of our continued investigation.

Because this is a homicide investigation, there are several technical requirements that must be met before we are able to reach a decision. That includes the confirmation of the ballistics involved and obtaining a preliminary report from the Medical Examiner,” according to the DA’s statement."

So far, no arrests have been made in the murder of Mr. Brooks.
 

 

 

 

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A Miami woman who claimed her 9-year-old autistic son was kidnapped by two Black men has been arrested and charged with the boy's murder.

Patricia Ripley, 47, was booked into jail on a charge of first-degree murder at 3 a.m. Saturday, according to the Miami Herald.

An Amber Alert was issued for Alejandro Ripley a day before his body was found in a Miami canal, the Miami Herald reports.

Patricia confessed to police that she told the non-verbal boy "he's going to a better place."

She claimed her car was run off the road near Home Depot by two Black men who demanded drugs and abducted her son.

Hours later, Alejandro's body was found in a canal at the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club, about 4 miles from where Patricia Ripley said her son was snatched.

Surveillance video shows a woman leading a boy by the hand and pushing him into the water. Separate surveillance video shows Patricia sitting in her car at nearby Home Depot for 20 minutes before she called 911 to report her son's false abduction.

The mother of two is being held in jail without bond.

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Omaha police have arrested a public school employee after he confessed to killing a convicted pedophile in an anonymous email to the news media.

Police arrested James Fairbanks, 43, and charged him with criminal homicide in the death of Mattieo Conduluci (right), whose body was found near 43rd and Pinkney late Saturday night,

The email sent by "Stop Predators," said "I killed Mattieo Conduluci Thursday May 14th."

According to KETV, the anonymous sender said he was looking for an apartment in the area when he discovered Condoluci's name was on the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry. He described Condoluci standing in his driveway pretending to wash his truck while staring at a group of children playing in the street.

Conduluci was previously convicted of raping a child and served less than 3 years in prison. He was released for good behavior.

"Having had my own experience with these type of predators I knw [sic] the damage he would do to those kids," Fairbanks wrote in the email. "I've worked with kids for years who have been victimized and I couldnt [sic] in good conscience allow him to do it to anyone else while I had the means to stop him."

He added: "I know in this messed up judicial system that means I will face far more severe punishment for stopping him then he did for raping KIDS."

There have been calls from the public to raise money for legal defense for Fairbanks, who worked as a school corrections officer.

His wife, Kelly Tamayo, said Fairbanks probably killed Conduluci because he, "like all parents, was disgusted with that man's actions and wished justice."

She described her husband as "a protector who cared for some of the most vulnerable and victimized children."

She said "Developmental Services of Nebraska had to create a special award for him because he never had to restrain kids and was always able to verbally de-escalate them. Many of them were victims of sexual abuse."

Omaha Public Schools confirmed Fairbanks worked at Morton Middle School from 2016 to 2018 and most recently worked for the middle school alternative program.

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Two men were charged with double homicide a week after the bodies of Vanita Richardson and Truvenia "Bean" Campbell were found under a bridge in northwest Georgia.

Desmond Brown, 28, was taken into custody on Monday and charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest. His arrest was in connection with the investigation into the grisly murders.

Devin Watts, 36, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with counts of theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Both suspects were charged with murder in the deaths of the stepsisters on Wednesday.
Richardson, 19, and Campbell, 31, were last seen alive on May 12.

A road crew discovered the bodies under the east bypass bridge in Rome, Georgia on May 13.

Authorities are still searching for Richardson's car, a gold 1997 Toyota Corolla with Georgia tag RTJ 6295.

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The stepsisters were always together -- inseparable. Truvenia Campbell had epilepsy since birth. Richardson kept a close eye on her.

"They were very, very close. Very, very close," said Campbell's mother, Donna Campbell. She pleaded with mourners to space themselves 6 feet apart at a vigil for the victims outside Campbell's home in Rome on Monday.