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New details on Meriwether County's first homicide of the year

MERIWETHER COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -

The Meriwether County Sheriff has released new details on the first homicide of the year after 22-year-old Timiquae Slaton was arrested and booked at the Meriwether County Jail, facing multiple charges.

Sheriff Chuck Smith said they believe the motive may be linked to a robbery.

"An arrest has been made, and we were looking forward to bringing the Spice family some closure in this case," Sheriff Smith said.

Kenneth Spice was reported missing by his parents to the Coweta County Sheriff's Office earlier this year. 

His body was later found on June 15, and an autopsy report revealed he died from a single gunshot wound to the head. 

Two months after finding the body on Primrose Circle in a wooded area, authorities were able to link evidence from the crime scene to the suspect after searching his home in Newnan, Ga. 

They also found a small amount of marijuana.

Slaton also faces other charges after authorities found the victim’s pick-up truck.

“It was in a sort of very densely populated area with trees shrubs undergrowth, we found the truck in that little desolate area and it had been burned, intentionally burned, and that resulted in the warrants charging him with arson in the second degree,” Sheriff Smith said. 

Sheriff Smith said the suspect's truck was found only after the Coweta County Sheriff's Office surveyed the area by helicopter.

"Obviously there is unrest amongst our citizens when we have this sort of crime being committed in our area or our community," Sheriff Smith said. 

Slaton and Spice were coworkers in Newnan, Ga. 

Sheriff Smith said Slaton may face additional charges as they continue with their investigation, which is still ongoing at this time. 

Slaton remains in the Meriwether County jail without bond.

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