published Monday, November 19th, 2012

Whitfield man indicted in slayings of wife, her grandfather

A Dawnville, Ga., man has been indicted on two counts of malice murder in the May slayings of his wife and her grandfather at their home.

Adolph “Sonny” Neal, 49, was indicted Thursday by a Whitfield County grand jury, records show.

Neal’s wife Jessica Neal, 27, and her grandfather, 69-year-old Donald Shedd, were slain at their Dawnville home and the bodies found on May 24. Jessica Neal was stabbed and Shedd beaten to death, authorities said,.

Neal led police on a weeklong manhunt before he was captured in Varnell, Ga.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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