Autopsies complete in Macon double homicide

lfabian@macon.comJune 2, 2014 

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Bibb County Sheriff David Davis, wearing the white hat, and sheriff’s deputies at the scene May 30 where a man and a woman were found dead inside a car with multiple gunshot wounds behind a home on Fairburn Avenue.

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Bibb County investigators hope Monday’s autopsies will provide clues to catch the killer or killers of two people in a car on Fairburn Avenue.

The bodies of 23-year-old Arika Jarrell and 32-year-old Ralph Heard underwent autopsies at the GBI crime lab on Riggins Mill Road, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said Monday morning.

“The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds,” Jones said.

The number and location of the wounds was not disclosed, he said.

No arrests have been made since the Friday morning discovery of the slain couple in a bullet-ridden Chevrolet Malibu parked behind Jarrell’s house at 3365 Fairburn Ave.

Investigative teams have been working around the clock on the case, said Lt. Sean DeFoe, a public information officer for the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

“You’ve got family members who are grieving and want answers, so we don’t take that lightly,” DeFoe said Monday.

Investigators have been canvassing the neighborhood about a block off Napier Avenue and following leads over the weekend, he said.

The combined manpower from former Macon Police Department detectives and Bibb County’s investigators gives them “more eyes and more ears and more people to canvas,” he said.

At the scene Friday morning, Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said the multiple gunshots fired into the car indicate someone might have ambushed the couple coming home, or the killer, or killers, might have followed them there.

Bullets or fragments recovered will indicate whether multiple weapons were used.

That evidence will be turned over to the GBI for ballistics testing and possible tracing of the guns used, said Lt. Randy Gonzalez, a public information officer for the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

A neighbor reported hearing multiple gunshots about 3 a.m. Thursday.

The former deputy who was visiting her mother around the corner said the shots sounded like they were coming from two different weapons.

Jarrell’s aunt last heard from her about three hours before the gunfire was reported.

As the car was towed away Friday morning, at least 10 bullet holes or dents were visible on the passenger side, where Heard was sitting. The driver’s side window had at least one bullet hole in it and multiple cracks, although The Telegraph did not have a good vantage point to fully see that side of the car.

No possible motive for the slaying has been released.

A review of the victims’ court records does not show any major criminal activity or violence, although Heard did plead guilty to possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute in a 2008 case.

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