Trio charged with murder in case of Rome sisters found killed under Floyd County bridge back in May
Two months after the GBI charged two men in the deaths of two women whose bodies were dumped off a northwest Georgia bridge, the agency added murder charges against them and arrested a third suspect. The GBI announced the arrest of 23-year-old Christopher Leedarius Pullen on Thursday along with the new charges against Desmond Lavonta Brown, 28, and Devin Lashawn Watts, 36. The trio face murder charges in the deaths of 18-year-old Vanita Richardson and 31-year-old Truvenia Campbell, the agency said in a news release. The bodies were found dumped under the Etowah River Bridge on the Rome bypass back on May 13th. Desmond Lavonta Brown, is charged with two counts murder, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and probation violation.
Devin Lashawn Watts, is charged with two counts murder, two counts aggravated battery, two counts aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft by receiving stolen property, theft by taking, tampering with evidence, false statements and writings, two counts abandonment of a dead body and possession of a fire arm during the commission of a felony.
Christopher Leedarious Pullen, is charged with two counts murder, two counts murder two counts murder aggravated battery, two counts murder aggravated assault, two counts murder abandonment of a dead body, three counts tampering with evidence, theft by taking, false statements and writings, criminal trespass, drugs not in original container and possession of a schedule II controlled substance. "I want you to know this took a great deal of man-hours and work," said GBI Director Vic Reynolds, who grew up in the Rome area and said he took a great deal of personal interest in the case. "We've executed over 130 search warrants and court orders in this case." The GBI worked 2,993 man-hours alone since the case started in May.” He added, “I want to take a moment to tell these victim’s families how much we appreciate their patience.” The missing vehicle of the women has also been located.