COWETA COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities in Coweta County are releasing new details about a man they say murdered six people over the course of several days.
This case has shocked the entire county.
Newnan police and the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office held a news conference Tuesday morning to explain what they believe happened.
They’re calling this a killing spree that started last Thursday when 38-year-old Nicholas Martez Nelson committed a home invasion and stole several guns and some jewelry. He didn’t hurt the victims at that house, authorities said.
But later that night, police say Nelson shot and killed two men at their home: 39-year-old Willie Edward Bussie III and 43-year-old Kevin Robbins.
On Saturday, police got another call of shots fired at the East Gate Apartments on Dowdell Street. Police found 39-year-old Warner Mandrel Parks dead.
Witnesses gave police a good description of the suspect’s car and that’s how police found Nelson a nearby motel.
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While Nelson was in jail, police found three more people dead at another motel and they say Nelson shot all six of the victims.
Authorities believe drugs are somehow involved.
“We believe these individuals were more than acquaintances but not in a one-on-one relationship with each other type thing – but we don’t believe there’s a threat to other individuals,” said Newnan Police Deputy Chief Mark Cooper.
Police got search warrants to search other motel rooms that may be connected to the suspect. They also are encouraging people to contact them if they can’t get ahold of a family member who lives in Newnan.
Once all the evidence is collected, this case will be turned over to the district attorney’s office.
The families of two victims have created GoFundMe pages to help with funeral expenses.
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