Fire set in stabbing suspects' house

By Ed Brock

Somebody started a fire in the house of two people wanted in connection with a Tuesday stabbing in what may have been an act of revenge.

Police are still looking for Kevin Lane Keeton, 39, and Karen Lynn Schuster, 40, both of Whipporwill Way near Riverdale on charges of aggravated assault in connection with the attack on 23-year-old Jonathan Roshaun Hamler. The fire, set some time Thursday morning, didn't do much damage to the house but did take a life, Clayton County Police Capt. Jeff Turner said.

"The fire apparently put itself out (due to poor ventilation) but not before it killed the dog," Turner said.

The cocker spaniel that belonged to the couple was found dead in a back bedroom.

Hamler told police that he went to Keeton and Schuster's home to sell them a $20 bag of marijuana, at which time they stabbed him, took the marijuana and $100 in cash and ran away.

Turner said Keeton and Schuster tied Hamler, broke both of his hands and supposedly put his head through the window of an oven in the home. Eventually Hamler was able to get away from the couple and they ran away.

Hamler suffered stab wounds to his chest and abdomen and other injuries and was taken to Atlanta Medical Center where he remained in critical but stable condition on Thursday, Turner said.

Keeton and Schuster may still be in the area, he added.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Keeton and Schuster should call 911 or Clayton County Police Detective Willie Holiday at (770) 477-3605.