NEW DETAILS: Suspect arrested in homicide of pregnant woman, unborn child in Troup Co.
TROUP COUNTY, Ga. (WTVM) - The Troup County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest in a homicide after a pregnant woman was found dead in a car riddled with bullet holes.
According to Sgt. Stewart Smith with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was arrested and taken into custody in North Carolina on October 7. The victim’s cousin tells News leader 9 the man arrested is Alonzo Dargan Jr., the father of 28-year-old Akeila Ware’s unborn baby. Ware was 33-weeks pregnant.
Dargan was arrested in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he was an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army. He is being charged with murder, feticide, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Investigators say Dargan grew up in Troup County and he and Ware went to school together.
Below is the press conference the Troup County Sheriff’s Office held on October 8:
On October 5, at approximately 12:49 p.m., deputies with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Highway 18 near E. Drummond Road in regards to a single vehicle accident with possible injuries. When deputies arrived on scene, they found a 4-door passenger car with a female driver unresponsive. The car appeared to have multiple bullet holes in the side of the car.
The victim, 28-year-old Akeila Ware, of LaGrange, was then transported to a Columbus hospital where she died from her injuries shortly after arrival. It was then discovered that the victim was pregnant and the unborn child was also deceased.
According to evidence obtained by the Georgia State Patrol and the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, a second vehicle was involved in the crime and the shooting possibly occurred near the intersection of Highway 18 and Whitesville Road. The second vehicle is a silver Nissan car with possible front end damage.
Investigators found Dargan owned a silver Nissan and had reason to believe he was in Troup County at time of the murder. Troup County investigators called the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) at Fort Bragg to be on the lookout for Dargan and his vehicle.
On October 7, CID investigators announced they had located Dargan and taken him into custody - he was then turned over from the U.S. Army to local authorities.
Investigators believe Ware and Dargan were driving separate cars when he shot her. Ware continued to drive for 2-3 miles before she wrecked. Investigators believe Dargan followed her in his vehicle and ran her off the road. Investigators confirm Ware and Dargan were in “some type of a relationship” and Dargan is not the father of Ware’s other children. Dargan is married to another woman.
WTVM News Leader 9 spoke with Ware’s father, Frank. He says that Ware had five children. She was also a registered nurse.
Ware’s 29th birthday would have been Oct. 16th this year.
Dargan is being held at the Cumberland County Jail in North Carolina.
If Dargan agrees to be extradited, he would be back in Troup County. If he challenges the extradition in court, the sheriff’s office would need to get a Governor’s Warrant, which could slow the extradition process.
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