Arrest Made in Homicides of Georgia Teens Found Shot in the Head Behind Supermarket
The suspect's connection to the victims was not immediately clear, though police have said drugs were not involved
A 20-year-old man is in custody in connection with the double homicide of two Atlanta-area teens on Monday, PEOPLE confirms.
Jeffrey A. Hazelwood was arrested Wednesday and will be charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Carter Davis and Natalie Henderson, both 17, Roswell police said in a news release obtained by PEOPLE.
Hazelwood was identified as a suspect and then questioned Wednesday morning by Roswell police, according to the release.
Police executed a search warrant Wednesday morning at a Roswell residence that was neither the home of Davis nor Henderson, police said. It was not immediately clear if they had searched Hazelwood’s residence or how their search might be connected to his arrest.
Hazelwood’s connection to the victims was not immediately clear, and Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant declined at a Wednesday news conference to comment on motive.
It was not immediately clear if Hazelwood had retained an attorney.
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“Drugs were not involved,” Roswell police’s Zachary Frommer told PEOPLE earlier on Wednesday, adding, “It could be some kind of relationship-based situation.
“It may end up not being that. That was just an initial, quick assessment.”
Police say Davis and Henderson, both rising seniors in the upscale Atlanta suburb, were found by delivery drivers behind a Publix supermarket about 6 a.m. Monday.
They had each been shot once in the head, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Monday would have been Davis’ first day of school.
“Their lives were snatched at a very young age,” Chief Grant said.
• With reporting by ELISSA ROSEN