It's been nearly a year since a Virginia woman, her teenage son and her boyfriend were all found with their throats slashed, but authorities have just arrested five men they believe are responsible for the “devastating crime.”
The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of James Christopher Myers, 30; Durward Anthony Allen, 27; Jamal Kelvin Bailey, 30; Hugh Cameron Green, 30; and Montel Jaleek Wilson, 26 in a press release last week.
All five Philadelphia residents are facing three counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of 34-year-old Rachel Ozuna, her 14-year-old son Kyruss Ozuna and her boyfriend 39-year-old Michael Coleman.
The investigation into the triple slaying began on May 29, 2019 after Kyrus’s father had gone to the family’s residence to check on his son and reached out to the sheriff’s office.
When they arrived at the scene, investigators made a gruesome discovery. Rachel, Kyruss and Coleman were all dead with their throats slashed and two younger children, a toddler and a 6-week-old baby, had been left alone in the home with the bodies.
“They approximately had been left in the residence with the deceased parents for 24 hours,” Capt. Elizabeth Scott told Oxygen.com.
Scott said the children were “pretty dehydrated” by the time authorities arrived, but were physically unharmed.
The children are now living with Rachel’s family in Utah, she said.
Scott said investigators do believe they have a motive in the slayings, but are not releasing it at this time.
At least one of the suspects knew Coleman. Scott said Wilson is the nephew of Coleman’s ex-wife.
“At one point, Michael Coleman did live in Philadelphia as well,” she said.
The arrests were made after a 10-month, multi-agency investigation.
“It was really based upon technology. That’s where a lot of these cases are going,” Scott said, adding that investigators went through cell phone data and license plate recognition (LPR) data before making the arrests.
The investigation also included the efforts of the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Marshals Service, Philadelphia Police Department, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Pennsylvania State Parole Fugitive Unit and the Brookhaven Police Department.
“The devastating crime that was uncovered on May 20, 2019 has torn several families apart and impacted the strong community that surrounds us,” Spotsylvania County Sheriff Roger L. Harris said in the department’s release. “I’m very grateful for the tireless efforts our Detectives were faced with along with the collaborative multi-agency assistance to bring these suspects to justice.”
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