Roswell double murder suspect in court, detective gives emotional testimony

- A preliminary hearing took place in Fulton County for 20-year-old Jeffrey Hazelwood, the man accused of killing two teens behind a grocery store in Roswell. 

Hazelwood is accused of following Natalie Henderson and Carter Davis, both 17, behind the Publix on Woodstock Road and shooting them to death. Their bodies were discovered during the early morning hours of August 1 by a delivery truck driver. They were both shot in the head. 

Police Detective Jennifer Bennett took the stand Friday morning and testified that Hazelwood told her he was there when Henderson and Davis were shot and killed. 

Bennett told the judge the suspect admitted to watching the victims from an electrical box for some time and then followed them behind the grocery store. The detective said Hazelwood told Henderson to get out of the car, forced her to take her clothes off and then allegedly assaulted her. 

"At this point he said that he shot her and she fell next to the car," Detective Bennett said, fighting back tears. 

Bennett said Hazelwood also admitted to shooting Cater, saying he became fearful and shot him. 

 

Detective Bennett said when she would ask Hazelwood tough questions, he switched to a British accent to respond. 

 

 

Thursday, the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Officer released autopsy reports for both victims. According to the report for Henderson, she was discovered on the ground, nude "with her legs widely separated." She had a possible burn mark on the top of her right big toe and a detective reported a feather was in her hair. The shot that killed her was fired from close range and hit the Roswell High School student in the front of the head.

The medical examiner said Davis was found wearing only shorts, "possibly posed in a cross-like position" with his arms extended at the shoulders. The autopsy report said his left big toe had a possible burn, similar to Henderson's injury. He was shot from medium range in the left side of the head.

The medical examiner said the murder weapon appears to be a revolver. 

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According to arrest warrants, after the shootings, Hazelwood took jumper cables from Davis' vehicle and removed Henderson's debit card from her wallet, which was inside her pocket in her vehicle. Arrest warrants also state that Hazelwood used Henderson's debit card at the Flash Foods gas station on Highway 92 in Woodstock.

Hazelwood has been charged with two counts each of murder, aggravated assault, and theft by taking. He’s also charged with possession of a firearm during commission of a felony as well as financial transaction card fraud, which investigators said stems from the use of Henderson’s debit card at the gas station.

Hazelwood is being held at the Fulton County Jail without bond. 

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