Updated: 6:12 PM Dec 7, 2009
Bainbridge Murder Suicide
A Decatur county man shoots and kills his live-in girlfriend and seven-year old son, then takes his own life.
Posted: 8:22 AM Dec 6, 2009
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UPDATED 12/07 6:15 P.M.
Decatur County Sheriff’s Deputies say the three bodies have been transported to Atlanta for the autopsies.
UPDATED 12/76 4:45 P.M.
Authorities received a phone call from a relative who made the gruesome discovery in the bedroom of the couple’s home when she went to check up on the family.
Deputies say Reynolds was a convicted felon and currently under investigation for child molestion.
“There is indication that he let family members know he was upset and that he was going to do something foolish, some family members tried to contact him. A family member did go to his house and find the body but there was definitely something going on,” Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin said.
Authorities say the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and the Sheriff’s department removed Swords, the son and her two other daughters from the home last week.
They say they’re not sure how or why Swords and the son were back in the house with Reynolds.
Decatur County Deputies say around 8 p.m. Saturday, 42-year-old James Reynolds III shot and killed 31-year-old Tonya Swords and their 7-year-old Son Kahm in his home on 202 County Line Road, then he shot and killed himself.
Deputies say a family member went to check on Reynolds at his home and discovered the three victims’ bodies.
Initial reports show Rogers left Reynolds earlier in the week and was staying in Thomasville. Reynolds picked up his-girlfriend and their son Kahm, and took them back to his home Saturday night.
The investigation is ongoing and we will continue to keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available.