CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - Clayton County police believe two murder suspects lured a 15-year-old boy into an overgrown and abandoned golf course and executed him because they thought he was going to burglarize their home.
Early Friday morning, they arrested 21-year-old Contessa Neal and 17-year-old Tajh Hare and charged them both with murder. Investigators said the two claimed they were afraid Crump was planning to burglarize their home so they killed him to stop it.
"They have both confessed to the crime," said Clayton County Police Major Johnny Robinson. "Both have informed us that the victim was planning on doing some burglaries and robberies in the immediate area. At that point, he told them he was going to burglarize their homes so they planned to lure him into the wood line and were planning on killing him, which is what they did."
Police said there was no indication Crump was responsible for or planning any crimes.
As police walked Hare out to a patrol car, he told a Channel 2 Action News crew that he was "sorry" and that the killing "wasn't on purpose."
Police said the arrests came after a series of tips and leads from neighbors and students from Mundy's Mill High School. The victim attended Mundy's Mill Middle School.
Crump's family spoke to Channel 2 Action News via phone Friday. His mother said she's planning to hold her son's funeral in LaGrange.