Son charged in death of father, great-aunt


COVINGTON, Ga.,None - A man has been charged in the shooting death of his paralyzed father – one of two victims found dead inside of a Covington home earlier this month.

Brawny Jarvis McCollough, 31, along with Jonathan Michael Henderson, 28, are being held at the Newton County Detention Center.  The men, who are both Villa Rica residents, have been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the Feb. 7 slaying of Peggy Molden and her wheelchair-bound nephew, Donald McCollough.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office officials said Brawny Jarvis McCollough is the son of 56-year-old Donald McCollough and the great-nephew of 66-year-old Molden.

“The investigation showed that Brawny McCullough, who is the son of (Donald) McCullough and the nephew of Peggy Molden, along with Jonathan Henderson did commit this crime,” according to a sheriff’s office release.

Authorities said a call from a medical alert device brought them to the Temple Road home and that's when investigators said they found the victims shot to death.

"They took a grandmother, a mother, an aunt, a friend away," Tammy Cox told Channel 2 after the incident.

"She was the nurturer. She was sweet, very sweet," Cox said.

Cox said her mother was acting as a caretaker for the elder McCollough. She said McCollough was paralyzed and in a wheelchair, and both he and Molden wore medical alert devices.

Officials said the investigation also showed that there was a connection between the incidents that took place in Alabama years prior and the incident in Newton County.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation helped solve the case.

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