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Georgia man charged with killing mother and stepfather

December 28, 2021 GMT

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man shot and killed his mother and stepfather before leading police on a brief chase ending in his arrest, officials said.

Oconee County sheriff’s deputies said they found Ashley Schutza and Benjamin Smith in their Watkinsville home just after midnight Tuesday, dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Two children were found unharmed. Oconee County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Wasdin told the Athens Banner Herald that one of the children called police.

Deputies said they believe Peyton Moyer, 20, killed the two and then fled in a family vehicle. Moyer was found in Athens and arrested after fleeing from Athens-Clarke County police when other officers deployed a tire deflation device, said Athens-Clarke Lt. Shaun Barnett.

Wasdin said deputies are investigating why Moyer shot the two.

Moyer is being held in the Oconee County jail without bail, charged with two counts of murder and one count of first-degree cruelty to children. It’s unclear whether Moyer has seen a judge or has a lawyer.