Man indicted in murder of Cusseta couple

CHATTAHOOCHEE COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - Prosecutors tell News Leader 9 that the District Attorney's office is trying to decide whether or not to seek the death penalty in the case of a man accused of killing a Cusseta couple in August 2011.

Last week, a Chattahoochee County grand jury indicted 32 year-old Dane Register with the murder of Edward and Elaine Baker.

What was first thought to be a house fire that took the lives of the couple turned into a murder investigation last August.

At that time, investigators said they believed the couple had been murdered and their Firetower Road home set on fire.

Agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation along with deputies from the Chattahoochee County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged Register with the killings last October.

A 10 count indictment accuses Register of strangling Edward Baker and charged him with stabbing and choking Elaine Baker.

Register is also charged with arson for allegedly setting the couple's home on fire.

This is not the first time Register has been charged with a crime.

Officials say that in 2003 he was convicted of sexual battery, criminal trespass, battery and false statements.

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