GBI: Victims all knew suspect in murder case
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents said all of the victims who were found dead knew the sole suspect in one of South Georgia's worst mass killings in more than a decade.
Officials spoke publicly in a news conference about their latest findings.
GBI Special Agent in Charge Jamy Steinberg said he has seen phenomenal support from members of the community.
Officials say the suspect, Jeffrey Peacock, was at the scene of the fire the morning of May 15th. At the time he was considered a survivor of what was then thought to be a tragic house fire.
Since then, GBI agents have worked around the clock at the scene gathering evidence from the charred remains of the home.
Peacock is charged with murdering five of his friends and arson. He is being held at the Colquitt County Jail.
Officials would not report where the bodies were found inside the home.
It was not immediately available how long the victims had been dead before the home was set on fire.
As the case moves forward, it will be up to prosecutors to decide if this crime warrants the death penalty.
Angel Strickland was a close friend of Alicia Norman and organized a candle light vigil for the five victims Friday night.
"It destroys everybody. It breaks everybody's hearts because even if you didn't know them," said Strickland. "You can't help but think about that this is five families having to go through this all at one time."
Peacock posted on his Facebook just hours after fire that read, "Well I don't think this year can get any worse."
Officials said Peacock has a criminal history but did not immediately release details.
Agents said the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone who has information is urged to call authorities.
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