New details released in Dooly Co. homicides

New details released in Dooly Co. homicides

(WTVM) - Authorities are releasing new information nearly two weeks after three people, including a toddler, were found shot to death in Dooly Co., GA.

GBI officials confirmed Monday that neighbor, 60-year-old Willie Merrell, was the person who shot and killed Priscilla Adams, 47, and 1-year-old Jashun Ingram. Their bodies were found lying in a yard in Byromville last month.

Police later found Merrell's body in a yard across the street with the murder weapon next to him. Investigators say his wound was self-inflicted.

"We know the shell casings match up to the firearms as evidence and through DNA analysis, we know that Merrell's DNA was on that rifle," J.T. Ricketson, GBI Special Agent.

A 17-year-old girl was also shot, but she survived.

Agents are now looking into why Merrell would have crossed the street and shot the family.

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