AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Suspects charged in a Sumter County double-murder will likely see a judge for the first time Tuesday.
Ruhemmeion King, 17, is charged with two counts of felony murder. Investigators said he shot Dallas and Bonnie Freeman several times before setting their house on fire Friday.
Brandon Prince, Qwinterrious Dodson, and Reginald Mathis are charged with theft by receiving stolen property.
On Tuesday we learned that the four men arrested so far all have a connection to a gang here in Sumter county.
We also learned they are neighbors of Dallas and Bonnie Freeman. A safe recovered when the four were arrested was full of Dallas Freeman's guns.
Investigators say 17-year-old Ruhemmeion King shot the Freemans and then lit their house on fire using gasoline. Sheriff Pete Smith said yesterday that "business dealings" involving Mr. Freeman could be a factor in this crime. Now it appears that King was after guns Freeman worked on.
Freeman's mother apparently showed up during the robbery.
"Mr. Freeman did work on guns and was known to have a large number of weapons and we feel that this is certainly part of the motive that since some of these suspects were familiar with him that he was targeted by them," said Captain Ralph Stuart of the Sumter Co. Sheriff's Office.
Right now, King is the only person charged with murder, but Captain Stuart and Sheriff Smith are confident that more arrests will be made in this case, possibly as many as 10.
King and three men charged with theft by receiving stolen property will appear before a judge Wednesday morning.
Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith said as many as 10 arrests could be made in the case, which may stem from business dealings with Dallas Freeman.
The four suspects were arrested Monday. The bodies of Bonnie Freeman, 54, and Dallas Freeman, 33, were found at the scene Friday night.
Crews were able to recover a lot of the stolen property Monday.
The GBI and Americus Police Department are assisting in the investigation. More charges are pending.