ATLANTA — Clark Atlanta University student Alexis Crawford was strangled to death and her remains placed in a plastic bin and dumped in a park, according to Fulton County Superior Court documents released Tuesday.
Within hours of a late-night run for alcohol, Crawford and her roommate, Jordyn Jones, got into a physical fight inside their off-campus apartment, court documents state. Jones’ boyfriend, Barron Brantley, got involved in the fight, documents say.
“As a result of the physical altercation, Barron Brantley choked the victim until she was deceased,” an Atlanta Police Department report says. “Afterwards Jones and Brantley placed Alexis Crawford in a plastic bin and transported her body to Exchange Park in Decatur, GA, where they placed her body in the woods.”
The following day, Crawford’s family reported her missing to Atlanta police, who began the second investigation involving the college senior in less than a week. On Oct. 27, Crawford had reported to police that Brantley had sexually assaulted her in the apartment, according to an incident report.
After Crawford was reported missing, Jones told police she didn’t know her roommate’s whereabouts. But on Friday following a week-long search for Crawford, Brantley admitted to investigators he had choked and killed her, according to court documents. Crawford’s body was found Friday, Atlanta police said.
Brantley, 21, was arrested late Friday and charged with felony murder. Jones, also 21, was arrested Saturday morning and also charged with felony murder. Both were being held without bond Tuesday morning at the Fulton jail.
Crawford’s death shocked the Clark Atlanta community, which hosted a candlelight vigil in her honor Sunday night.
“We have to look out for each other,” said Clark Atlanta University junior Caleb Baines.
Students have been in a somber state for over a week now. Baines told Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes they're now trying to help each other heal.
“I mean I think some people are sad, but I guess it’s just more so knowing that you have to look out for each other, kind of have each other’s back,” Baines said.
A Saturday funeral is planned in her Athens hometown at noon, at the Cornerstone Church Athens, 4680 Lexington Road, Athens, GA 30605.
A viewing is planned for Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hill Chapel Baptist Church, 1692 W. Hancock Ave., Athens, GA 30606.
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