12-21-2014, 04:34 AM #1
GA - Mandy Mitchell, 32, & Dylan Conner, 6 mos, murdered, Columbus, 21 Aug 2014
Brandon Conner was arrested on Aug. 21 less than an hour after firefighters first pulled the charred bodies of 32-year-old Rosella “Rose” Mitchell and her 6-month-old son Dylan Conner from the 1324 Winifred Lane home.
An officer watched Conner sit idly at the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Wynnton Road for about 10 minutes before finally approaching him. Inside the 2001 BMW 740iL, police found Conner bloodied, sweating and nervous... When the officer asked about the state of Conner's clothes, Conner told police he was returning from work. He did not explain where the blood came from.
Investigators later found other bloodstained clothes and a large serrated knife inside the vehicle, Kelly said.
Muscogee Coroner Buddy Bryan said a crime lab examination showed Mitchell was stabbed repeatedly in the neck and torso. The lab later reported the child also suffered traumatic injury before the blaze, Bryan said.
Firefighters found the two face-down in a back bedroom of the house after extinguishing the fire, shortly after 12:30 a.m.
04-28-2016, 12:46 PM #2
Court to rule on evidence in capital murder case involving deaths of mother, infant
Suspecting arson, local investigators the previous Aug. 21 had collected five items of evidence they thought might reveal a flammable liquid was used to start the blaze, but no dog trained to sniff out such evidence was available then.
Testifying Wednesday in a pretrial hearing for accused killer Brandon Conner, who was Mitchell’s boyfriend and Dylan’s father, Columbus fire Sgt. Lance Christenson said local authorities tried to find a Georgia dog trained for the task, but the two dogs usually available in the state were in Maine for training.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives then sought help from Alabama, and Cumby was ordered to load Andy up and head to Columbus.
Cumby testified Wednesday that he first checked the fire scene to ensure Andy safely could negotiate it, then brought in the dog that alerts to the scent of accelerants like gasoline by staring at the source with his nose to it, then sitting down.
Conner’s defense team of J. Mark Shelnutt and William Kendrick argued the dog’s alerting to such evidence is not “scientifically verifiable,” and thus the evidence should not be admitted at trial.
The issue is among a series of court motions now before Judge William Rumer as attorneys prepare for Conner’s murder trial, in which District Attorney Julia Slater intends to pursue the death penalty. The hearings are expected to continue today and possibly Friday
04-28-2016, 01:05 PM #3Registered User
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Such a sad story.....such a cute little baby.
04-29-2016, 10:36 AM #4
CPD body cam footage of alleged killer's arrest
During a preliminary motions hearing on Thursday, the District Attorney's office presented officer body cam footage of the moments before a Columbus man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and infant son was arrested.
In the footage presented during motion hearings, you can hear the conversation between the officer and Conner:
Officer: Do you have a kid?
Officer: You do? How many?
Defendant: Two for sure, and one not for sure.
Officers who arrested Conner testified Thursday that they found a yellow dishwashing glove dripping with blood in the backseat of Conner's BMW, along with a cigarette lighter and baby wipe with blood on it.
04-30-2016, 01:28 AM #5
Officers recall first encounter with double-murder suspect
It was nearing 1 a.m. on Aug. 21, 2014, as a Columbus police officer sat and stared for about 10 minutes at Brandon Conner’s blue 2001 BMW, which was illegally parked more than a foot from the curb on Cedar Avenue near Davis Broadcasting.
Conner would not give them permission to search his car, but what they saw inside and found in his pockets alarmed them. Conner appeared to have blood on his face, and in his pocket was a rubber glove that looked like blood was on it, too, they said.
He also had a long lighter made for igniting fireplaces and grills, and a shorter, regular cigarette lighter.
The officers thought they saw some bleach in the car, and some clothes stuffed in plastic bags.
(...) Though they knew a house fire had been reported at 12:35 a.m. at 1324 Winifred Lane, they did not know — though they soon would learn — that in the burned home firefighters found two bodies, later to be identified as Conner’s 32-year-old girlfriend Rosella “Mandy” Mitchell and their 6-month-old son, Dylan Conner
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