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UPDATE: Double homicide victims identified

 The two people found dead inside a Tempie Lane home in Newton County Tuesday morning have been identified as 66-year-old Peggy Molden and her 56-year-old nephew Donald McCollough.


Authorities investigate double homicide

(Feb. 7, 6:22 p.m.) COVINGTON - Authorities are investigating a double homicide on Tempie Lane in Newton County.

A medical alert call came in to dispatch from inside the home around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. When deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office and EMS personnel arrived, they could reportedly see one person down inside the home. Once they forced their way inside, they found the second person.

A middle-aged black male and an older black female were pronounced dead at the scene, victims of obvious gunshot wounds, according to Newton County Lt. Keith Crum. The deaths are not being investigated as murder/suicide, but as homicides.

This is the first homicide in Newton County this year. Last year the NCSO investigated only one homicide, the death of Manuel Samano Castillo, who was found stabbed to death in his mobile home off Ga. Highway 20 in the Pineridge Mobile Home Park May 31. That murder is still under investigation.

The NCSO, along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are working the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the NCSO at (678) 625-1400 or online at All tips can be given anonymously.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office and EMS responded to the home around 9:30 a.m. after an alert from a medical device came in from the home. When they arrived they could see one person down inside the home.

After making entry they found the second person.

According to, Molden acted as a caretaker for McCollough who was paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Both aunt and nephew wore medical alert devices.

NCSO Lt. Keith Crum said this morning that investigators are still working to figure out just what happened inside the home that led to Molden and McCollough being shot and killed. He reiterated that the case was being investigated as a homicide.