published Monday, November 19th, 2012

Whitfield man indicted in slayings of wife, her grandfather

A Dawnville, Ga., man has been indicted on two counts of malice murder in the May slayings of his wife and her grandfather at their home.

Adolph “Sonny” Neal, 49, was indicted Thursday by a Whitfield County grand jury, records show.

Neal’s wife Jessica Neal, 27, and her grandfather, 69-year-old Donald Shedd, were slain at their Dawnville home and the bodies found on May 24. Jessica Neal was stabbed and Shedd beaten to death, authorities said,.

Neal led police on a weeklong manhunt before he was captured in Varnell, Ga.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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