Four were found murdered at home in a "horrendous scene," police say, and the youngest victim was just one month old
A Georgia man was charged with the quadruple homicide of his girlfriend and their three children, police said during a press conference Thursday.
At 8:53 a.m. on Wednesday, police responded to a welfare check and made a gruesome discovery at the Columbus, Georgia, apartment of Jerrica Spellman. She and her three children were found deceased, officials said.
“This was a horrendous scene,” said Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren. “It’s an ongoing investigation.”
The victims were identified as Spellman, 29, and her three children: 3-year-old King Jackson; 1-year-old Kensley Jackson; and 1-month-old Kristen Jackson, law enforcement confirmed to PEOPLE.
On Wednesday evening, Spellman’s boyfriend, 27-year-old Trevane Jackson, was arrested and charged with four counts of murder (domestic violence), police stated.
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Trevane’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Saturday and it was unclear whether he had obtained an attorney.
In 2017, Spellman filed a domestic violence report with the police department, Boren said. Jackson was arrested at the time, but Boren said he was unsure of the status.
“They were in a relationship for several years,” Boren said. “There was an ongoing domestic violence relationship between herself and the suspect.”
Speaking with The Ledger-Enquirer, a former coworker of Spellman’s remembered the victim as a “little firecracker” who “loved life.”
Also in The Ledger-Enquirer, another friend of Spellman’s described her as “a really great mother, she was a great friend and a lot of people love her and are really going to miss her.”