Man al­legedly kills girl­friend, shoots self

Sus­pect in stable con­di­tion in At­lanta

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Smith

A mid­dle aged Ox­ford man shot and killed his girl­friend Tues­day night be­fore turn­ing the gun on him­self in an at­tempted mur­der-sui­cide.

Rick Breedlove, 54, al­legedly shot his girl­friend Pam Spencer, 49, with a .357 Mag­num re­volver at about 8:15 p.m. af­ter an ar­gu­ment be­tween the cou­ple. He then shot him­self in the face in an at­tempted sui­cide, said New­ton County Sher­iff’s Lt. Bill Wat­ter­son.

The mur­der oc­curred at 25 Hick­ory Hill Drive on the res­i­dence’s back porch. A call to 911 was made from the house be­fore the shoot­ing, but there was no one on the line when the dis­patcher an­swered. A NCSO unit was sent to the house for a “trou­ble, un­known call with shots fired.”

Once the deputies ar­rived, they found Spencer lay­ing face down on the floor and Breedlove ly­ing on his left side. The sus­pected mur­der weapon lay on the ground close to the sus­pect. He was later air­lifted to an At­lanta hospi­tal.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have been in con­tact with Breedlove at the hospi­tal, but for­mal charges have not been filed. Wat­ter­son said he ex­pects Breedlove to be charged with mur­der.

There is re­port­edly no ev­i­dence that drugs or al­co­hol were in­volved in the shoot­ings.

Spencer’s death marks the 14th mur­der or man­slaugh­ter case in the county since Sept. 27, 2007.

“We have not seen a break in th­ese mur­der and man­slaugh­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” Wat­ter­son said. “Some­times we are work­ing two at a time. They have been an un­prece­dented se­ries of cases. We’re wait­ing on this cy­cle to stop. We still have Novem­ber and De­cem­ber to go this year, and th­ese were big months for homi­cides last year.”

All four deaths in 2006 oc­curred af­ter Septem­ber while the 10 deaths in 2007 have stretched through­out the year. In com­par­i­son, there were two homi­cides re­ported in 2004 and one in 2005.

The NCSO has made ar­rests in all 14 cases ex­cept the re­cent mur­der and dis­mem­ber­ment of a wo­man on Ga. High­way 162.

“Our suc­cess in th­ese cases is due to the ex­cel­lent work of the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Di­vi­sion, the deputy sher­iffs on the road, the GBI, the Coro­ner’s Of­fice, other law en­force­ment agen­cies and the pub­lic,” Wat­ter­son said.

Man­slaugh­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tions are just as la­bor in­ten­sive as mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tions, Wat­ter­son said, which has led to the NCSO to pri­or­i­tize their case load.

There are no pat­terns in the mur­ders, which range from fam­ily vi­o­lence to armed rob­bery and have of­ten in­volved long-time mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

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