New details emerge in double homicide
Victims shot two days before police arrived on scene
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.