Police arrest man accused of killing his mother, stepfather and cousin


June 23 – Police arrest a man they say shot and killed his mother, stepfather and cousin at a home in the Mableton area on Tuesday.

Police say the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute.

Donnell Peaks, 63, Janice Peaks, 60, and Cameron King, 38, were all found shot dead at 738 Gardner St. on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Donnell and Janice Peaks were pronounced dead at the scene. King was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital but died shortly after arriving.

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Officers responded to a call for gunfire around 12:51 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Marcus Darnell Smith, 37, was located not far from the residence and arrested. He was incarcerated at the Cobb County Jail, where he remains in custody and is not eligible for bail.

Janice and Donnell Peaks were Smith’s mother and stepfather, police said. King was Smith’s cousin.

Smith is charged in the warrant with shooting Janice Peaks and King in the head, and shooting Donnell Peaks in the head and legs.

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Jail records indicate that Smith lived at the home where the shooting took place and that he was arrested near Factory Shoals Drive. He was charged with three counts of murder and three counts of aggravated assault.

The shooting remains an active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 770-499-3945.


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