Four people have been charged with the murder of Dorothy Dow, an 83-year-old Grantville, Ga., woman who died Saturday afternoon after being beaten and burned during a Aug. 4 home invasion on Forrest Road, Meriweather County Sheriff’s Office announced this morning in a news release.
The five people arrested in connection with the incident before Dow died were Justin Pierce Grady, 38; Cortavious Dehun Heard, 18; Shanquavious Keontrell Cameron, 17; Mina Christine Ellery, 17; and Angel Latrice Harmon, 17.
Their charges included criminal attempt felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, armed robbery, first-degree arson, first-degree burglary, cruelty to a person who is 65 years or older and battery.
All of the suspects, except for Cameron, now also face one count each of mass and malice murder related to her death, officials confirmed. They are all being held in the Meriweather County Jail without bond. They were placed in the Meriweather County Jail without bond.
Authorities said Dow was attacked Aug. 4 during a home invasion in the 7700 block of Forrest Road. An investigation revealed that several suspects entered her home while she was sleeping. When she awoke, Dow was attacked by one of the intruders.
The men apparently went to the home looking for a relative of the victim. While one intruder beat the woman, others ransacked the house before leaving. A short time later, one of the intruders returned, doused Dow with a flammable liquid and ignited it. She was able to put out the fire before calling 911 for help.
Meriweather County Sheriff Chuck Smith said in previous reports that those who attacked Dow were seeking money. He called it a “heinous crime.”
All five suspects were found in the Troup and Coweta county area.