Detective provides new details in Roswell teens' killing investigation

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — The man accused of killing two teens behind a Roswell Publix appeared in court Friday, and a detective provided chilling new details about the investigation.

Jeffrey Hazelwood, 20, is charged with two counts of murder for the deaths of Natalie Henderson and Carter Davis, both 17.

NEW DETAILS:

  • Roswell police said Hazelwood said he was present during the entire incident.
  • Police said he admitted to going into the vehicle and taking the female's credit card from her purse and using it.
  • Surveillance video from a Cherokee County gas station showed the suspect in a "V for Vendetta" mask, which police said they found in Hazelwood's car when they took him into custody.
  • Hazelwood's grandparents kicked him out of their home right before the killings.
  • The court found probable cause to move the case forward.
  • The case is set for Sept. 9 for a grand jury.

Detective's testimony reveals what led them to Hazelwood 

According to Roswell police, Hazelwood said he became “curious” when he saw the vehicle going to the back of the Publix store in the early hours of Aug. 1.

Hazelwood allegedly told police he watched them from behind an electrical box, and then got on top of the store and watched them before approaching the SUV, police said.

Police said Hazelwood stole Henderson’s debit card and was captured on video getting gas at a gas station with a mask on.

Officer said he returned to the scene with the mask on and stole Davis’ jumper cables. %

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Detective Jennifer Bennett became emotional as she testified during the hearing Friday.

Police said they believe Hazelwood acted alone when he shot the pair that Monday at about 3 a.m. Police said they do not have a motive for the killings.

Police said surveillance video and evidence at the scene, along with cell phone communication and social media, led them to Hazelwood.

He was taken into custody and questioned two days later. He was then arrested, charged and booked into the Roswell Detention Center. From there, he was transferred to the Fulton County Jail.

The court found probable cause on two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, one count of sexual battery, one count of identity theft, two counts of theft by taking and two counts of possession of firearm during the commission of a felony.

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Hazelwood's attorneys say he was troubled

Attorney's for the suspect said he is dealing with mental illness.

“He’s had a very troubled life and he’s had mental illness for a long time,” defense attorney Mike Jacobs said.

Hazelwood’s grandparents said he had homicidal tendencies and they were afraid of him.

They said he talked about being an assassin.

The night Carter, Natalie were killed 

According to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office, Henderson and Davis, both 17, died from a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death in both cases was homicide.

Detectives said from the evidence they have at this time, they believe the teens were killed in the parking lot where their bodies were found.

Officers said Henderson and Davis were found lying beside their cars.

Police said the teens arrived at the shopping center between 2 and 4 a.m. Their parents told officers they thought the teens were still at home in bed.

LIVE: Suspect in Roswell teens' killings in court

WATCH: Jeffrey Hazelwood, accused of killing two teens behind a Roswell Publix, appears in court. WARNING: This video contains sensitive material that some may consider graphic. http://2wsb.tv/2bzaku3

Posted by WSB-TV on Friday, August 19, 2016