Grand jury indicts Houston woman on 20 charges including assault, arson, fleeing

PERRY -- A Houston County grand jury handed down a 20-count indictment Tuesday against a woman accused of dousing the father of her children with lighter fluid, setting their RV on fire and fleeing from deputies in a van with young children inside.

Magen Marie Acuff, 26, of Houston County, was indicted on charges of aggravated assault, battery, arson, fleeing, reckless conduct, cruelty to children, obstruction of an officer and several traffic-related charges.

About 11:40 a.m. Aug. 17, Houston County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance between Acuff and her live-in boyfriend John Haygood in the 1300 block of the Dunbar Road extension.

Haygood received some injuries from the scuffle with Acuff, Houston County sheriff’s Lt. Ronnie Harlowe said the day of the incident. The indictment accused Acuff of biting Haygood on the inside of his left biceps resulting in a bruise.

The RV fire already had been put out when authorities arrived, Harlowe said. The damage to the RV included three busted windows and a burnt interior, the indictment stated.

Sheriff’s deputies caught up with Acuff as she was traveling south down Interstate 75, but she refused to pull over, and a chase ensued at speeds that reached 80 and 90 miles per hour, Harlowe said.

Attempts by telephone to persuade Acuff to pull over were unsuccessful, Harlowe said.

“She said she was not stopping until she got to Florida,” he said.

Deputies executed a rolling road block of Acuff’s van at Exit 109 in Dooly County, not far from the Crisp County line, Harlowe said.

Three-month-old twins, a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old were inside the van, Harlowe said. No one was injured, he said.

Also indicted Tuesday was Jonathan Jerrod Stanley, 27, of Macon, on charges of vehicular homicide, drunken driving, reckless driving, speeding, failure to maintain lane and open container.

Tyeshia Everette, 21, of Macon, was killed in an 11:24 p.m. wreck at Wellborn Road and Linwood Drive on Aug. 24, a Warner Robins police news release stated.

She was a passenger in a 2003 Chevy Tahoe driven by Stanley.

Stanley was driving east on Linwood when he lost control, and the vehicle flipped over, ejecting Everette, the release stated. She was later pronounced dead at Houston Medical Center.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.