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Turner murderer gets life sentence

Michaela Swaney (Courtesy: Cordele Dispatch) Michaela Swaney (Courtesy: Cordele Dispatch)
Jeffery Lynn Speck (Courtesy: Cordele Dispatch) Jeffery Lynn Speck (Courtesy: Cordele Dispatch)

By David Fuller | email

November 7, 2008

ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - A man found guilty of a 1997 Turner County murder will spend life in prison.

Forty-year-old Jeffery Lynn Speck was convicted Thursday of killing 32-year-old Michaela Swainey. She was stabbed to death and her body was dumped along I-75.

Her murder remained unsolved until Speck's DNA showed up in a national database in 2005.

Speck was serving time in Texas on drug charges and was returned to Turner County earlier this year.

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