Bond hearing set for Rentz runaways charged with Laurens murder

lfabian@macon.comMay 14, 2014 

Dustin Sage Mitchell

Two runaway teens from Rentz are scheduled to be in court June 4 for a bond hearing in a murder case.

Dustin Sage Mitchell, 17, and a 15-year-old female friend are charged with violently attacking 66-year-old Curtis Ray Beck, who returned home to find the couple had broken into his house at 1025 Turkey Creek Church Road in Laurens County.

A Tuesday autopsy determined that Beck died of multiple stab wounds to the torso, said Richard Stanley, the Laurens County coroner.

Stanley did not know what type of knife or weapon was used in the attack.

“Several families’ lives are ruined,” Stanley said about the crime. “It’s just a tragedy.”

Beck’s body was found by a co-worker who went to the house Sunday morning after Beck failed to show for work.

Investigators uncovered information leading to the runaways, who were arrested in Beck’s 2010 Ford Fusion early Monday.

Both are charged with murder, armed robbery, burglary and auto theft, according to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.

The teens went before a magistrate judge Tuesday, and the case was bound over to Laurens County Superior Court for next month’s hearing.

Those close to the case say the district attorney has indicated he will prosecute both teens as adults, but multiple inquiries to District Attorney Craig Fraser have not been returned while the office is preparing to try another murder case.

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