Arrest Made In Lake Seminole Double Homicide [GALLERY]

By: Kara Duffy; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Kara Duffy; Lanetra Bennett Email
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By: Lanetra Bennett
July 5, 2013

Donalsonville, GA - A Georgia man has been arrested and charged in a double murder.

The couple was found dead in their Donalsonville home earlier this week.

Investigators say they first arrested DanTony Swinson in Ware County, Georgia on Tuesday on a charge out of Pierce County for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Then on Wednesday, they say, agents were able to add the double murders to his charges.

Nearby resident Trisha Taylor says, "We had some really nervous little fellows. It's kind of hard to explain that we feel like we're okay to ease their worries. It's definitely great to know that the guy has been apprehended and we can say we're definitely safe."

47-year-old DanTony Swinson has been charged with shooting 64-year-old Heber Bennett and 49-year-old Eliace Smith.

Bennett and Smith were found dead in their home on Northwood Drive in Donalsonville, Georgia on Monday.

Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation say they found Swinson in Ware County, Georgia, which is more than an hour away from the home where Bennett and Smith lived. Agents say Ware County is also where the couple lived before moving to Seminole County.

G.B.I. Special Agent Steve Turner says, "He knew the couple from when they lived in Ware County; business transactions. I know what the motive is. I know that's what y'all want, but, I'm not going to release what the motive is. As far as what led to the altercation, I'm not going to release that."

Agents say they were able to connect Swinson with the murders by interviewing people who knew Bennett and Smith in Ware County.

Special Agent Turner says, "We feel like the streets in South Georgia are a little safer now because you got somebody who's committed a couple of murders. We got him charged with committing those murders. So, I just hope it makes everybody feel just a little bit safer."

Taylor says the arrest does make her and her family feel better. She says, "I think the whole community feels a lot safer now and a lot more relieved knowing that we're protected around here.

Special Agent Turner says he's not releasing the motive at this time because the investigation is still ongoing.

He says there could be other suspects, but, investigators aren't sure at this time.

Swinson is in the Ware County Jail.


By: Lanetra Bennett

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has made an arrest in a double homicide in our area.

Investigators say 49-year-old Eliace Smith and 64-year-old Heber Bennett, Jr. were found dead in a home along Northwood Drive.

Agents say the couple died of gunshot wounds.

Investigators made the arrest on Tuesday, but are just now releasing details.

Under arrest 47-year-old DanTony Swinson of Ware County, Georgia. Agents say Swinson knew the victims.

They also say they do know the motive behind the murders, but will not release those details at this time.

Swinson is charged with two counts of murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He's being held in the Ware County jail, which is in Waycross, Georgia.


Press Release: Georgia Bureau of Investigation

On Monday, July 1, 2013, at approximately 7:00 am, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call in reference to the bodies being found of Eliace Marie Smith, 49 and Heber Jettie Bennett, Jr., 64, both of 8056 Northwood Dr., Donalsonville, GA. The Sheriff’s Office requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to assist in the investigation. Both bodies had gunshot wounds and were found at their residence. This is considered a double homicide murder investigation and the investigation continues to determine the identity of the suspect. Anyone with any further information can call the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, 229-524-5115 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at 229-225-4090.

AUTHORITY: Steven Turner, Special Agent in Charge

GBI/Thomasville



July 2, 2013

UPDATE: According to GBI Investigators, the two victims died from gun shot wounds. No word yet on how many. More information is expected to be released from investigators later this afternoon.

By: Kara Duffy
July 1, 2013

Donalsonville, GA - Two people were found dead inside a South Georgia home Monday morning. The house is in the 8000 block of Northwood Drive in Donalsonville, Georgia and was roped off with crime tape all day.

Investigators with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation say, it's still very early in their investigation, but that right now they are treating this case as a double homicide.

They've released very little information about the incident, but what we do know so far, is the two victims, were a man and a woman.

Officials say the bodies were found shortly after a call came into the Seminole County Sheriff's Office around 8 o'clock Monday morning.
Investigators have not yet released how the pair were killed.

Neighbors, however say, they knew something was terribly wrong when they saw all the police activity in what they call, their typically quiet and peaceful neighborhood.

Neighbor, Martha Chastain: "They wouldn't tell me much because they didn't know. They said they were waiting on a warrant to get inside the house and I finally got it out of um. I said, are there dead bodies in there? He said, yes, I think so."

Investigators say, the names and ages of the victims are not being released until their families have been notified.

There's still no word yet as to if investigators have a suspect or what the motive behind the deaths could be.

WCTV will bring you more information as it becomes available.


By: Kara Duffy
July 1, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the bodies found in Donalsonville are a man and a woman.

The call about the bodies came in around 8:00 a.m. this morning.

Next of kin has not been notified yet, therefore they haven't released the names of the deceased.

Investigators are treating it as double homicide.


By: Kara Duffy

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, two people have been found dead in Donalsonville, Ga. at Lake Seminole.

As of right now, no other details have been released.


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