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A 22–year–old Madison man faces two counts of murder after he allegedly killed his mother and a family friend with a .20 gauge shotgun.
Justin Slaughter was detained in a wooded area Monday night behind his family’s Slaughter Veasley Road residence after members of the Walton County SWAT team deployed a flash bang grenade which, Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley said, stunned Slaughter long enough for officers to detain the suspect.
Markley said authorities have charged Slaughter with killing Colin Smith, 53 and Paula Slaughter, 54.
Officers were called to the Slaughter–Veasley home at approximately 5 p.m. after a family member alerted authorities that Smith was deceased in the driveway of the residence.
Markley said after officers from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Madison Police Department, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Department of Revenue, Georgia State Patrol and Walton County SWAT arrived they secured the residence.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. a Georgia State Patrol trooper in a helicopter searching the woods over the house saw Slaughter. Officers on foot, Markley said, allegedly heard Slaughter yelling to “come and get me.”
Slaughter did not have a weapon when detained by officers, Markley said.
Both Paula Slaughter and Smith died of “multiple gun shot wounds,” Markley said. “Both individuals were shot multiple times with what appears to be a .20 gauge shotgun,” he said.
“The weapon was located at the scene.”
After Justin Slaughter was secured officers located the body of Paula Slaughter on the front steps of the residence. A search warrant was secured and members of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and GBI worked the crime scene. Multiple shotgun shells were taken as evidence, Markley said.
The sheriff’s office also used a heavy rescue vehicle to evacuate a 95–year–old family member who lived nearby the shooting site until Justin Slaughter was detained.
Throughout the ordeal, Markley said family members supplied officers with information that led to the arrest of Justin Slaughter. “The family provided information that facilitated bringing a horrible incident to a conclusion. Frankly, things could have gotten worse,” Markley said.
Markley said Justin Slaughter had “on–going” issues with his mother. “This is a tragic, tragic situation,” he said.
Justin Slaughter remains incarcerated at the Morgan County Detention Center.