Officer’s killing re-visited by network

Candace Overstreet

Candace Overstreet

JONESBORO — Nearly 20 years after an Atlanta police detective was shot to death by his wife in their Jonesboro home and dumped in a South Carolina lake, a popular true crime network is re-visiting the case.

A production crew from Investigation Discovery, or ID, was in Jonesboro earlier this week to re-enact the Sept. 25, 1994, shooting death of Atlanta police Detective Lt. Doug Overstreet, 37. Overstreet had been with the police department for 15 years at the time of his death.

His wife, Candace Overstreet, then 40, admitted to shooting him 14 times all over his body with his own weapons. Assisted by her college student daughter, Candace Overstreet loaded the 210-pound body into the family van and the two of them drove it to South Carolina.

Doug Overstreet was the girl’s stepfather. She testified against her mother and was never charged.

Just across the state line from Augusta, the women dumped the nude body into Lake Thurmond where it was found three days later by a maintenance worker.

When they returned home, the women threw away blood-stained carpet, cleaned the plywood sub-floor and installed new carpet.

Police said the couple, who had been married 11 years, had a rocky relationship leading up to the shooting. However, a specific motive was not identified in court.

Candace Overstreet was charged with murder after police found the bloodstains inside the home. On the eve of her trial, Overstreet pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter, theft by taking and lying to police.

Overstreet was sentenced to 40 years and began serving that term in November 1995. According to Georgia Department of Corrections, her maximum possible release date is October 2034.

Members of the filming crew said Wednesday the production company wouldn’t give permission for them to talk to the media about the program. However, neighbors said the crew spent long hours at the Jonesboro house re-enacting the crime and the police search of the residence.

It is not known on which ID program the crime will be profiled.