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June 1, 2012

Victims stabbed, beaten to death

The two people killed in Dawnville last week were stabbed and beaten to death, a senior officer with the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday.

Jessica B. Neal, 27, and her grandfather, Don William Shedd, 69, were found dead early on the morning of May 24 at their home on Green Springs Road. Adolph Ray “Sonny” Neal, 49, was charged in their murders and was captured Thursday in Varnell after eluding authorities for a week.

“Jessica was stabbed numerous times, which resulted in her death,” Capt. Rick Swiney said. “(Shedd) received blunt force trauma to the head. He was struck several times with an object around the head area that resulted in his death. Both weapons were recovered at the crime scene.”

Swiney said a knife was recovered but he did not say what the other weapon was.

After a stay in Hamilton Medical Center Thursday night, Neal was taken to the jail today and was interviewed by investigators with the sheriff’s office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Swiney said.

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