Brinson charged with two counts malice murder

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by WHITLEY CLIFTON

Friday, May 7, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office provided an update on the April 23, 2021 double homicide involving Destiny Hope Kight, 18, of Wrightsville and Charles Jaylon Garrett, 18, of East Dublin.

On Friday, April 23, Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office responded to the address of 1383 Paul Lord Road in Wrightsville to assist Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies with double homicide case. Upon the arrival of Johnson County deputies, the bodies of Kight and Garrett were discovered. Both died from apparent gunshot wounds.

The following Monday, April 26, Daniel Peyton Brinson, 22, a resident suspect of Washington County and known associate of Garrett, was arrested by Marietta Police Department after an immediate pursuit on unrelated charges for multiple counts of felony theft by taking. Brinson is currently being held in the Cobb County Jail and has been charged with two counts malice murder.

“I want to start off by saying, first of all, we need to keep these two families in our prayers; they have lost two kids. We need to keep this community in our prayers and this county in our prayers. We’re not use to something like this. This is going to be a long investigation. Please continue to pray for these families and for our communities,” Johnson County Sheriff Greg Rowland stated.

Sheriff Rowland then thanked his deputies as well as the Wrightsville Police Department, Emanuel County Sheriff Jeffrey Brewer and deputies, Laurens County Sheriff’s Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Sandy Springs Police Department, Marietta Police Department, Cobb County Sheriff’s Department, the Dublin Circuit District Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Southeast Region Fugitive Task Force, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) for their assistance in this case.

This case remains an active investigation. Any information pertaining to this case should be relayed to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 478-864-6988, the agency’s tip line at 1-800-597-8477, or to the GBI at 478-374-6988.

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