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Shooting, kidnapping case goes to grand jury

By Ed Brock

A grand jury will consider the charges against a man accused of raping his ex-girlfriend, shooting her father and abducting her children.

Terrence McDowell, 27, of Riverdale was in Clayton County Magistrate Court Tuesday morning for a preliminary hearing during which enough evidence was presented to have the case bound over to the grand jury for indictment consideration.

A hearing to determine if McDowell will receive bond has been set for April 29, according to a court clerk.

McDowell 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 his daughter, 20-year-old Chrystal Wright, and kidnapped Chrystal Wright's two children.

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.

Marshall Wright, who was shot multiple times, remains in Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

McDowell later turned himself in to federal authorities in Greensboro.