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By Tia Lynn Ivey

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Two murder suspects wanted in Aiken, South Carolina were apprehended with the help of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, April 23. 

According to the Aiken Sheriff’s Office, Jayson Miles, 17, and Kayla Moore, 18, went on the run in the victim’s car after allegedly killing 74-year-old David Mackie and then set his trailer on fire on Saturday, April 22. According to the Aiken County Coroner, Tim Carlton, the autopsy results revealed the cause of death was due to blunt force trauma and sharp force injuries to his body. The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office credited Morgan County authorities for their role in finding Miles and Moore.

“I would like to thank you and your staff for their time and effort in assisting us in locating a stolen vehicle and apprehending two individuals wanted for various charges to include murder this week,” wrote Chief Deputy Troy Elwell. “Please commend your deputies especially Corporal Jackson and the dispatch center for their professional conduct, dedication, and assistance in helping our officers. There is no way we could have solved this case without your department’s assistance. This type of team work sets the example for others to follow.”

Morgan County Corporal George Jackson noticed two teenagers walking along I-20 through Buckhead just a short distance away from an abandoned vehicle on Sunday, April 23 at 1:18 a.m. Miles and Moore denied that the abandoned vehicle belonged to them and told Officer Jackson that they were let out of a vehicle at nearby gas station after having an argument with friends who were driving them home. The teens claimed that they were headed to a family member’s house in Atlanta, but did not know the address or phone number. Officer Jackson drove the teens to the county line, handing them off to a Newton County officer who dropped them off at a nearby Waffle House.  Officer Jackson then returned to investigate the abandoned vehicle on I-20.

“I returned to the disabled vehicle located at the 124 mile marker. I ran the registration displayed on a blue 1985 Ford LTD Brougham, through dispatch. They advised the vehicle was wanted by the Aiken Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina, We were asked to hold the vehicle pending a homicide/arson investigation,” wrote Officer Jackson in his report. A forensics investigator from Aiken arrived at the scene at 4:35 a.m. and had the vehicle towed to Morgan County’s impound lot after inspecting it.  The car was confirmed as Mackie’s missing vehicle. Jackson contacted Rockdale authorities, who returned to the Waffle House in Conyers and arrested Miles and Moore, bringing them into custody.

According to the Aiken Standard, Mackie’s family members told investigators that Moore had been staying with Mackie, but moved out two days before the fire. According to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, Moore and Miles are being charged with murder, robbery, criminal conspiracy, and arson.

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