PAULDING COUNTY, Ga.,None - With the arrest of a mother and daughter, Paulding County Sheriff's deputies believe they've solved a seven-month-old murder that intially looked like a suicide.
Elgerie Cash,45, and her daughter, 20-year old Jennifer Weathington are each charged with felony murder in the death of 44-year old Lennie "Donny" Jones.
Deputies found Jones at Cash's Dallas home back on Memorial Day. He had a single gunshot wound to his head. He was rushed to a local hospital, but later died.
At first, there were indications it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but detectives were not convinced and launched an exhaustive investigation that also included the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
"It was a very indepth investigation," said Paulding County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Ashley Henson. "They worked closely and examined evidence at the scene, the autopsy report from the medical examiner's office. All those things led them to an arrest."
Deputies are not releasing why they think the mother and daughter committed the crime, but do confirm that Jones was living in Cash's house and was romantically involved with Cash's daughter.
Neighbors remember a lot of drama associated with the three and with the house.
"They were just very argumentative," said neighbor David Lewis. "I guess (there were) a lot of domestic disturbances over there. Cops would come over very frequently."
Another neighbor said she heard the gunshot that day and saw Cash running out of the house screaming a few seconds later.
Lewis said that, even with the history of disturbances, Lewis said news of the murder and arrests took him by surprise.
"I am shocked despite the drama," Lewis said. "You don't expect that from someone, especially that close by." Cash and Weathington remain in the Paulding County Jail. They could make their first court appearance Wednesday.