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Houston Sheriff: Killings Were 'Execution-Type'

The Houston County sheriff's department says an Aug. 18 double murder was a drug-related "execution-type" killing.

Three men are charged in connection with the killings. Two women are also accused of cleaning up the murder scene and disposing of evidence.

A news release from the sheriff's department says the murders of Ruben Miranda and Shaland McConnell were "planned and premeditated" by three suspects.

The three --19-year-old Thomas A. Kelley of Byron, 21-year-old Coleman L. Crouch of Warner Robins and 20-year-old Justice B. Evans of Macon -- are in the Houston County jail.

Kelley is charged with two counts of murder; Evans with one count of murder, one count of tampering with evidence and two counts of concealing a death; Crouch is charged with one count of tampering with evidence, two counts of concealing a death and two counts of being party to murder.

According to the news release:

Miranda and Crouch "had previous contact" before the 18th. The release does not describe their connection.

The two victims arrived in Houston County that day, met Kelley, Crouch and Evans, and all five went to 111 Chadwick Drive.

The suspects shot and killed Miranda and McConnell in the living room, on the second floor of the three-story house, the release says.

Investigators say they used a Glock .45-caliber handgun.

The two bodies were loaded into a yellow 2004 Ford truck and dumped in woods several miles away.

Meanwhile, two women arrived at the home to clean up the murder scene. The release says the pair destroyed and disposed of evidence.

The sheriff's department says Amy Walker, age 19, and Kristen Beuthin, age 18, are charged with concealing a death and tampering with evidence.

Evidence in the case has been sent to the GBI crime lab and, investigators are doing follow-up interviews in the case.




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