New de­tails emerge in dou­ble homi­cide

Vic­tims shot two days be­fore po­lice ar­rived on scene

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Tyler Smith

New de­tails of last week’s dou­ble mur­der of a young cou­ple have sur­faced as the New­ton County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice con­tin­ues its in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the case.

NCSO Lt. Bill Wat­ter­son con­firmed Thurs­day that the two vic­tims, Jef­fery Nevels, 40, and Rachel Buser, 30, died from gun­shot wounds.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tors are cur­rently wait­ing on fi­nal re­sults from the med­i­cal ex­am­iner, but Wat­ter­son said they now know the vic­tims were mur­dered Sun­day, Jan. 20. Their bod­ies were not dis­cov­ered un­til Tues­day, Jan. 22, when one of the vic­tim’s em­ploy­ers went to Buser’s home at 695 Free­man Drive look­ing for his miss­ing em­ployee.

The em­ployer called 911 and deputies soon ar­rived to find Nevels on the liv­ing room floor and Buser in the bed­room.

“ The in­ves­ti­ga­tion of this case is con­tin­u­ing,” Wat­ter­son said. “ We are still in­ter­view­ing peo­ple in con­nec­tion with the case and those who had any kind of con­tact with the vic­tims.”

Early in­di­ca­tions are the vic­tims knew their killer, Wat­ter­son said. There was re­port­edly no sign of forced en­try into the home and in­ves­ti­ga­tors do not sus­pect drugs were in­volved.

The bod­ies were taken to the Ge­or­gia Bureau of Inves- tiga­tion’s crime lab in Decatur where the med­i­cal ex­am­iner is cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case. A fi­nal med­i­cal re­port is not ex­pected for at least an­other few weeks, Wat­ter­son said.

The dou­ble homi­cide brought the to­tal num­ber of mur­ders for 2008 in New­ton County to four in three sep­a­rate cases.

Den­nis Rogers was re­port­edly shot by Court­ney Thorn­ton on New Year’s Day. Rogers later died of his wounds.

Two weeks later, Dar­rell An­to­nio Crow­der al­legedly mur­dered his es­tranged wife Cat­cilia Crow­der while their 16- year- old daugh­ter slept in a nearby room.

Sus­pects in both cases were later ar­rested.

Any­one with fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing case is asked to call the New­ton County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice at ( 678) 625- 1403. Tips may also be given anony­mously at ( 678) 625- 5007 or on their Web site www. new­ton­sh­er­if­fga. org.

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