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Columbus crime: James Louis Brock charged in Oct. 13 Crystal Place double homicide

Columbus police have charged James Louis Brock in connection with the Oct. 13 murders of Tyesha McNair and Terence Clark.

Brock, 23, was arrested the day after the bodies of McNair and Clark, both 21, were found at the Crystal Place apartments on Crystal Court off Macon Road. Convicted of statutory rape in 2005, Brock initially was charged with failing to register as a sex offender.

Brock was in the Muscogee County Jail when Columbus Police Detective Joby Duncan added two counts of murder, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon to his list of charges.

"It was outstanding detective work by Detective Joby Duncan," Cox said.

Brock was the father of McNair's two children, the lieutenant said.

Found in the parking lot in front of 5224 Crystal Court, Apartment B, Clark died of multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and arm, reports state.

McNair was in the living room of Apartment D with multiple gunshot wounds to her head.

Marco Phair lives just one building over from where McNair and Clark were killed. He said he would often wave and say hello to McNair and her female roommate when they were outside smoking cigarettes.

"She seemed like she was a good individual," Phair said.

Phair said he's lived at Crystal Place since 2004, and has never had a problem with crime. He called the murders "shocking" and said that several people have since left the neighborhood out of fear.

"Good people with good jobs live here," Phair said. "We have a lot of military, folks that work at TSYS, Aflac, Blue Cross Blue Shield. It's just shocking."

The slayings came a little more than a week after the death of 26-year-old Jilani Platt, who lived on Crystal Court. Her body was found Oct. 5 in a retention pond near Schatulga Road. Platt's husband, Zyderrious Platt, 31, was arrested in connection with the death.

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