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Police allege Jeffrey Hazelwood spoke in a British accent during his interrogation

August 19, 2016 01:20 PM

The case of a 20-year-old Georgia man accused of murdering two teenagers behind a Publix grocery store earlier was sent to a grand jury by a judge during a Friday hearing.

The hearing was the first time authorities released critical details concerning the Aug. 1 slayings in Roswell and the suspect, Jeffrey Hazelwood. Before Friday’s hearing, investigators had released very little about the murders, beyond the victims’ names and the manner in which they were killed.

Natalie Henderson and Carter Davis, both 17, were shot at close range in the head hours before being found at around 6 a.m. Henderson’s body had been stripped naked, and was posed in a sexually suggestive manner, according to autopsy reports recently released.

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Jeffrey Hazelwood was arrested within 48 hours of the murders. He has been charged with 11 counts, including malice murder, assault with a deadly weapon, identity fraud, theft, firearm possession, and sexual battery.

Police: Hazelwood Allegedly Forced Victim Into Humiliating Position

Hazelwood appeared for Friday’s hearing wearing a navy blue jail jumpsuit. He was seated next to his attorneys and barely moved as authorities discussed evidence collected from the crime scene.

Hazelwood spent the majority of his first court appearance on Aug. 5 fidgeting and mumbling to himself.

According to testimony provided during Friday’s hearing, detectives said Hazelwood allegedly told them he was present for the killings and acted alone. Cell phone records confirm that Hazelwood was in the area when the crime was committed.

Police allege Hazelwood “tortured” Henderson, forcing her to stand nude with her hands on the hood of Davis’ car while he spanked her buttocks. He also sexually assaulted her with his finger, according to detectives.

Detectives say Hazelwood described seeing both bodies fall to the ground, and described how they had fallen. He allegedly told them the female victim wasn’t wearing any clothes at the time of the killings.

He also allegedly admitted to taking Henderson’s credit card and using it.

According to investigators, Hazelwood told them he became “curious” after seeing a vehicle park behind the Publix store. He allegedly admitted he started watching the teens from behind an electrical box before moving to the store’s roof, where he continued watching them before approaching their car.

Police Say Hazelwood Expressed Desire to Be ‘Assassin’

Detectives allegedly searched Hazelwood’s room, finding drawings and writings expressing his desire to be “an assassin.” Electronics and clothing were also seized as evidence.

The morning of the killings, Hazelwood was to move out of his grandparents’ house, according to detectives. The grandparents told police they were afraid of their grandson.

During questioning, police say Hazelwood allegedly responded using “a whiny voice” before shifting to “a British accent.”

Police say security footage from the night of the killings shows Hazelwood near the crime scene wearing a mask made famous by the Anonymous hacker group, and featured in the 2005 film V For Vendetta.

Hazelwood, who has yet to enter a plea to the charges, will return to court for his next hearing on Sept. 9.

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