AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Authorities say they have arrested four people in the case of a fire and double homicide at a home in Sumter County.
Ruhemmeion King, 17, is charged with two counts of felony murder. 22-year-old Qwinterrious Dodson of Americus and 28-year-old Reginald Mathis of Americus are charged with theft by receiving. The fourth suspect was identified as Brandon Prince.
They were arrested early Monday morning.
The bodies of Bonnie Freeman, 54, and Dallas Freeman, 33, were found at the scene Friday night. Investigators said both victims were shot several times.
A firefighter said they noticed the injuries and immediately called the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith said as many as 10 arrests could be made in the case. He also said a safe with guns inside was stolen from the house. Crews were able to recover a lot of the stolen property Monday.
Sheriff Pete Smith says the murder doesn't appear to be random, but the investigation is far from over, and several more people may be arrested.
Investigators say the case is very complicated because it involves an arson, double homicide, and a home burglary. Authorities say a mother and son found dead in their sumter county home were shot multiple times before it was lit on fire. Firefighters responded to the house just after 6:00 Friday night but quickly realized it was much more than a fire scene.
"He immediately recognized that there was some injuries that were suspicious. Got the bodies out of the fire," said Sheriff Pete Smith.
The GBI and Americus Police Department are assisting in the investigation.
"We have different people that are assigned to different avenues in this investigation. I can't say enough about what all's been done. They've worked tirelessly around the clock," said Sheriff Smith.
That investigation has turned up four arrests so far. Ruhemmeion King, 17, is charged with two counts of felony murder. Sheriff Smith says the crime could be a result of business dealings between King and Dallas Freeman but would not expound upon that. "I don't think it was a random act. I think they had planned on doing this," said Sheriff Smith.
Police have also arrested 22 year old Qwinterrious Dodson, 21 year old Brandon Prince, and 28 year old Reginal Mathis for theft by receiving and for making false statements. Other charges are pending.
"In the process of interviewing and gathering information on other individuals and we're working very diligently to bring some closure to this case," said Sheriff Smith.
A safe full of stolen firearms and other property were recovered Monday morning when the four were arrested. Dallas Freeman's truck was found abandoned in Joyce Myers Park Saturday morning.
Ruhemmeion king was arrested in January and charged with several home break-ins but was out on bond.
Officials are asking anyone who was in the Joyce Meyers Park area Friday, between the hours of 5 and 6 P.M. and had seen any suspicious activity to contact Captain Ralph Stuart (229) 938-6465 or the Sumter Co. Sheriff's Office (229) 924-4094.
Investigators have not said what started the fire. Crews were first called out to the home on R.W. Jones Road before 7:30 p.m. on Friday.