COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - New details are being revealed in the murders of two women killed in broad daylight as the man charged with their deaths made his first official court appearance.
25-year-old Quartez Thomas is charged with the deaths of 30-year-old Jasmine Trice and 28-year-old Kiera Williams in the parking lot of a Columbus Family Dollar.
Police say the entire incident stems from Williams trying to get away from domestic violence.
Court testimony revealed that Thomas was Williams’ ex-boyfriend and Trice was a friend of Williams.
Just thirty minutes prior to her death, Williams had spoken with a Columbus investigator to report harassment from Thomas that day.
Police say Williams’ six-year-old daughter witnessed her mother’s murder and told police “Trey shot my mommy.” Trey is reportedly another name Thomas is known by.
Williams reportedly cut ties with Thomas two weeks prior to the murders.
Thomas has also been linked to a car jacking the night before the murders, Feb. 28. Police say Thomas stole a 2008 Kia Sorento from the Pizza Hut on Hwy. 280 in Phenix City. Later that night, gunshots were fired into the home of Williams’ parents with her daughter inside.
Shortly after the murders the next day, police flagged the stolen Kia Sorento on the Hwy. 280 bridge between Columbus and Phenix City. He was later arrested at the Colonial Inn in Phenix City, a place the child said she, her mother and Thomas had stayed at together before.
Thomas’ cell phone records also place him at the scene of the car jacking, the gunshots fired into Williams’ parents home and the murders.
Thomas is being represented by attorneys from the Metro Capital Defenders Office in Atlanta. Prosecutors have stated that they intend to seek the death penalty in this case.