Authorities hope to ID double homicide victims Wednesday

awoolen@macon.comAugust 20, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Authorities hope to identify Wednesday the victims of a double homicide earlier this week in Houston County, sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland said.

On Tuesday, two men were charged with murder in their deaths.

Coleman Lawrence Crouch, 21, of Warner Robins, and Thomas Andrew Kelley, 19, of Byron, were each charged with two counts of murder, said Lt. Dave Carrick.

Crouch also is charged with one count of hindering apprehension of a criminal, Carrick said. The additional charge is related to the alleged destruction of evidence, Holland said.

The charges may change as the case progresses.

Both men are being held without bond in the Houston County jail.

Authorities have one other person of interest in the case, but Holland said he couldn’t give any further details. Investigators also are searching for other suspects and evidence in the case.

“The investigation is still ongoing,” Holland said.

Authorities were called to the 100 block of Chadwick Road at about 5 a.m. Monday, where they found evidence that shots had been fired inside, according to a news release. The bodies of two males believed to have been killed at the home were found about 12:30 p.m. in a wooded area near U.S. 41, Ga. 49 and North Houston Lake Road, the release states.

Autopsies were performed Tuesday, and the results are pending. Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin said the victims did not have identification on them.

“As soon as we have a 100 percent identification,” Holland said, he would notify the families and the media.

Holland said he felt like the incident was not random, and the neighborhood where the crime occurred was not in danger.

The Houston County Sheriff’s Office is working with the GBI, as well as the Georgia Gwinnett College Police Department.

“One of the suspects (Kelley) was supposed to be attending school there,” Holland said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Greg Pennycuff or Carrick at 478-542-2085 or 478-542-2080.

Telegraph writer Wayne Crenshaw contributed to this report.

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