The two men charged in the shooting deaths of 56-year-old Donald Eugene McCullough and his 66-year-old aunt and caretaker Peggy Molden are scheduled for arraignment next week.
Brawny Jarvis McCullough, the 31-year-old son of victim Donald McCullough, and Jonathan Michael Henderson, 28, both Villa Rica residents, were arrested in February by Newton County Sheriff's Investigators, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents, U.S. Marshals and the Villa Rica police.
According to a press release, the investigation showed a connection between the murders and an incident that took place in Alabama years prior, where the older McCullough, who was paralyzed and in a wheelchair at the time of his death, was shot by a man who had come to his home to discuss a dog.
Both McCullough and Henderson have been in the Newton County Detention Center facing charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, since their arrests.
According to The Randolph Leader, an Alabama newspaper, McCullough "was partially paralyzed after being shot in June 2010 while living in the Bethel East community."
The paper reported that GBI investigators were in Randolph County researching the previous shooting, where a man came to McCullough's Alabama home "to inquire about a dog, pulled out a revolver, forced his way in and shot McCullough three times."
The double homicide was originally discovered around 9:30 a.m. Feb. 7 when deputies and emergency medical personnel received a call for help from a medical alert device inside the Tempie Lane home. They could reportedly see one person down inside the home, and once they forced their way inside they found the second person. Tempie Lane is located off Ga. Highway 162.
Henderson will be represented by private attorney L. David Wolfe and McCullough by a public defender yet to be identified. Chief Assistant District Attorney Anne Kurtz will prosecute both cases. Both will be heard by Superior Court Judge Eugene M. Benton.