Police: 2 domestic disputes, 2 murders

Henry County Police are continuing investigations into what led to shootings in two deadly domestic disputes.

Maj. Jason Bolton said Tuesday a neighbor called 911 around 5:30 a.m., about an incident at a home located at 55 Pinehurst Drive, in Stockbridge.

"[The caller] reported that a female was screaming that her boyfriend had been shot," said Maj. Bolton.

Police said the incident occurred when a man and woman were allegedly smoking crack cocaine, and thought they saw a prowler. The man went to get a gun, according to an investigator. "Allegedly he pulled the hammer back on the gun," said the investigator.

"She [the girlfriend] told police she picked up the gun, but denies pulling the trigger," said police.

"When police arrived at the scene, they discovered [the boyfriend, Carl Malcolm Thomas Sr., 59]...outside in a chair in front of the home," said Maj. Bolton. He was dead from an apparent gunshot wound, added Bolton.

Leslie Ann Ziverts, 43, girlfriend of the victim, was still at the scene, and was taken into custody without incident, continued the major. Ziverts has been charged with murder and possession of a firearm a convicted felon.

Meanwhile, not far away in McDonough, Henry County detectives worked a similar domestic homicide Monday.

Henry County Police said Paula Vernisa Kelly, 40, called Henry County 911 and said she shot her boyfriend, Eddie Parrott, 41, in the driveway of his home. The shooting took place at 5:20 a.m., at 358 Brannan Road, according to Henry County Sgt. Mike Ireland.

"Officers... found a male subject in his vehicle with an apparent gunshot wound," said Sgt. Ireland. "Rescue units along with the coroner were dispatched to the incident location where the male subject was pronounced dead."

Kelly told police that Parrott cut her with a knife and hit her once, while the couple was inside the house. She said he held her arm as he struck her twice, while they were backing out of the driveway, according to police.

"She said she reached inside her purse got a gun and pointed at him..." according to an investigator. Kelly told police she looked at Parrott, closed her eyes and fired the gun three times, striking him once. She told police she didn't realize she had shot Parrott until he grabbed the steering wheel and slumped over, continued the investigator.

Kelly told police the couple previously had domestic disputes in Greene County and Jasper County. Kelly was interviewed detectives and subsequently charged with murder and possession of a firearm a convicted felon.