By Daniel Silliman
A 58-year-old man shot his wife and then himself, allegedly because of horrible housekeeping, according to Clayton County Police.
Kenneth Erwin Lockhart was found by police and paramedics in the kitchen of 1605 Jodeco Road, in Jonesboro, on Wednesday a few minutes before 9 p.m. He had shot himself once in the head with a .45-caliber gun, and had shot his wife, 56-year-old Joyce Bryant Lockhart, in the thigh, according to the police report.
Mrs. Lockhart told police her husband's last words were, "I can't live like this."
Police reported the house was filled from floor to ceiling with boxes, newspapers, and clutter. There was a two-foot-wide path, leading through the house. Paramedics' path to the kitchen, through a side door, was blocked by stacks and stacks of rabbits in rabbit cages.
A nurse pronounced Mr. Lockhart dead at Southern Regional Hospital at about 10 p.m., Wednesday
Officer indicted on charges of raping neighbor
An Atlanta Police Officer was indicted, Wednesday, on charges of raping and sodomizing his neighbor.
A Clayton County grand jury passed down the indictment, charging Edward L. Rabb, a 27-year-old from Rex, with aggravated sodomy, sodomy, rape, sexual battery, kidnapping and false imprisonment.
Rabb allegedly forced himself on the woman after she used his shower, because her hot water wasn't working. Rabb reportedly said the sex was consensual, though he allegedly also admitted that the woman said, "no." He told Clayton County Police detectives that he ignored her objection to sex, because she was "shy" and "had low self-steem." He allegedly told police the woman probably thought she was overweight, but he said he told her he "liked his women like that."
The woman reported to police that the cop forced her into his bedroom, against her will and protests, held her down with her arm behind her back, like he was arresting her, and forced himself on her. Afterward, the woman told police, he cleaned up "as if he was cleaning up evidence of a crime."
Man indicted in Majic Mart murder, mistaken identity
Detectives believe Kevin Jean-Jacques was mistaken for his brother, before he was murdered. Witnesses told police Jean-Jacques walked into the Majic Food Mart, 728 Mt. Zion Road, last September, looking for something to drink.
A man, standing inside, pointed him out to friends and called him by his brother's nick-name. Jean-Jacques, a 20-year-old Frito Lay employee, reportedly said, "No, that's my brother."
A few minutes later, he was shot in the parking lot, while sitting in the passenger side of a Toyota Solara. A friend and co-worker drove Jean-Jacques to Southern Regional Medical Center at about 9:30 p.m., on Sept. 19. He had a bullet lodged in his chest.
Police arrested Anthony O'Neil Gibbs, Jr., 23, in connection with the murder. They have not said why Gibbs wanted to kill Jean-Jacques' brother, though he apparently didn't know what the man looked like. But detectives did say they positively identified Gibbs as the man who shot Jean-Jacques.
He was identified by witnesses looking at a photographic line-up.
Gibbs was indicted by a Clayton County grand jury Wednesday. He was charged with murder, murder during the commission of a felony, and two counts of aggravated assault.
Six caught in motel with two bags of suspected marijuana
Clayton County Police found four men and two women in a hotel room with two large duffle bags of suspected marijuana on Wednesday.
Officer S.R. Malette reported that he was investigating what looked like a stolen car outside the Red Carpet Inn, at 7618 State Route 85, at 3 p.m. The car, a beige Ford Crown Victoria, had South Carolina tags and a broken back vent window. The woman sitting in the car, Marshaunn Pitts, said it belonged to Kenneth Perkins. Perkins, at the time, was seen at room 217, Malette reported.
At the door, the officer smelled "an overwhelming odor of marijuana," and when the door opened, he asked the people in the room what they did with the rest of the marijuana.
According to his police report, Gary Whitaker, Marquida Reynolds, Calvin Barlow and Eddie Freeman invited him into the room, saying they didn't have any more marijuana.
Malette said he saw a bag on the bathroom floor, next to the toilet, and everyone in the room denied it was there.
The bag, a black tote bag with red and gold writing on the side, contained suspected marijuana. The officer found another duffle bag, under the motel bed, which also contained suspected marijuana. Altogether, Malette found about two and a half pounds of suspected marijuana, almost six grams of suspected crack cocaine, and a mini digital scale.
The officer detained all six people in the room, until Barlow, a 25-year-old from Rex, said the drugs were all his.
"Shortly after being detained," Malette wrote in his police report, "Barlow stated, out of the blue, 'The drugs are mine, sir.' I asked Barlow ... 'Are you admitting to the possession of the drugs?' Barlow stated, 'Yes sir.'"
The 25-year-old also had $759 on him. He was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
The others were released without charges.