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Cedric Cook arraigned on murder charges
Assistant District Attorney Amber Bennett presents Cook's charges to Judge Ott during the arraignment proceedings. - photo by Jackie Gutknecht

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington man accused of a January triple shooting that left his wife and step-daughter dead was arraigned in front of Alcovy Judicial Circuit Chief Judge John M. Ott last week. 

Cedric Cook, 37, is accused of gunning down his wife, 41-year-old Tijuana Cook and her daughter, 23-year-old Michelle Olivia Dickerson inside a house at 3124 Usher St. According to a Covington Police Department press release, the murders were the result of an “incident that was domestic-related that escalated into shots being fired.”

Dickerson’s boyfriend, Theodore Betton was wounded in the incident and life-flighted to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Related to the incident, Cook faces two charges of malice murder, three charges of felony murder, three charges of aggravated assault, four charges of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, aggravated assault - family violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Cook is represented by Anthony Carter, of the public defender's office. Arguing the case for the state is Assistant District Attorneys Amber Bennett and Ryan Patrick.