Kidnap suspect returned to Clayton County

By Ed Brock

A Riverdale man is back in Clayton County to face charges that he raped his ex-girlfriend, shot her father, stole her car and kidnapped her children.

Terrence McDowell, 27, made his first appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court on Thursday shortly after being extradited from North Carolina. He is charged with rape, burglary, aggravated sodomy, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of kidnapping and theft by taking a motor vehicle.

The charges stem from a March 22 incident in which McDowell allegedly went to the Conley home of 64-year-old Marshall Wright, sexually assaulted 20-year-old Chrystal Wright and kidnapped Chrystal Wright's two children. Marshall Wright continues to recover in an Atlanta hospital after being shot eight times.

On Thursday McDowell, who was in shackles, calmly listened as Judge Daphne Walker read the charges against him. He was denied bond because he is considered a flight risk and Walker agreed to give him a court-appointed attorney.

The assault happened early in the morning at the Conley home where Wright lives with Marshall Wright, his girlfriend and Wright's two children, 4-year-old Faith McDowell and her half brother 5-year-old Jaquan Wright, said Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner. Turner said that after sexually assaulting Wright and shooting her father who was still in bed, McDowell took the children and Wright's car and drove to Greensboro, N.C.

McDowell, who is the father of the 4-year-old girl but who has no custodial rights to her, left both children at his sister's house and later turned himself in to federal authorities in Greensboro.

A preliminary hearing for McDowell is scheduled for 8 a.m. on April 14 and a bond hearing is scheduled for April 15.