By Ed Brock
David Hendrix was a nice, quiet man who did mechanical work, his neighbors said, but now he's wanted in connection with the shooting death of two men.
The body of an as yet unidentified man was found in a Cadillac Seville that had been engulfed in flame early Saturday morning on Sullivan Road near Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, Clayton County police Capt. Jeff Turner said. The car was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and on Sunday investigators opened the trunk and discovered another body, that of 48-year-old Algernon Sedrick Nash of Atlanta.
Police soon learned that the car belonged to Nash and that both men had been shot to death before being placed in the car.
The trail then led them to 37-year-old Hendrix's house on West Fayetteville Road near Riverdale.
"Around 2:30 p.m. (Monday) we made entry (into Hendrix's house) and discovered a crime scene existed," Turner said.
Both men had been shot in the house, Turner said, probably some time Friday night. Turner said it is unclear how Hendrix might have gotten home after leaving the burning car on Sullivan Road but said the distance was close enough that Hendrix could have walked.
Turner said that investigators could not say for certain if the crime was drug related and weren't saying what the motive might have been.
There wasn't an unusual amount of activity going on at Hendrix's small, red-bricked house, said Willie Britain who lived next door.
"He was pretty much a loner," Britain said.
Britain said Hendrix had lived in the house for about five or six years and he only spoke to him occasionally. He didn't remember seeing a Cadillac at the house Friday night and didn't hear anything that night, either, Britain said.
But Britain's wife Kathleen Britain said she did remember hearing a single loud shot Friday night as they were going to bed.
"We always here shots," Kathleen Britain said.
Hendrix is a white male and is believed to be driving a 1973 Ford F-150 pick up truck with the license plate number 821ZJP. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Clayton County police.