Family: Marion Co. murder was the result of triangle

Published: May. 18, 2010 at 10:14 PM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2010 at 12:27 PM EDT
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MARION COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -  "This was senseless. It was very, very senseless."

Hundreds of miles away in Saint Louis, Missouri, the family of Michael Haegele is mourning his death.

Back here in the Chattahoochee Valley, Jason and Donna Slaughter are sitting in a jail cell, charged with his murder.

GBI officials say all three lived together in Marion County.

GBI agents say Haegele was shot in the head inside their mobile home and that the couple dumped his body 30 miles away in Macon County. But when it comes to the question of "why?"agents aren't releasing a motive.

Haegele's family says he met Jason Slaughter online and moved to Mauk, Georgia not knowing he was already married. The result, according to relatives, was a love triangle that may have lost it's luster.

"At first, we didn't even know there was a wife involved. He wanted to be with Michael so he had Michael come up there to be with him so what happened in this triangle, I don't know. I don't know if it was a jealousy thing that she shot him or if there was an argument or if she just got tired of it or what happened," said Greg Haegele, the victim's uncle, in a phone interview with WTVM from Missouri.

"It's scary. It makes you wonder what's going to happen next. He seemed like an ok kid when he was over at my house talking to me so I can't understand why it was done," added neighbor Judy Blyler.

According to Chief Assistant District Attorney Alonza Whitaker, the Slaughter's case has been bound over to Marion County Superior Court and should be presented to a Marion County Grand Jury in October.

They are being held in the Marion County Jail.

Michael Haegele's family is working to set up a fund so they can lay him to rest in his hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri.

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