Couple accused of starving woman now faces murder charge

November 6, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- The charges against a couple in the death of a malnourished woman have been upgraded to murder.

Jeanne and Buel Peterson are now charged with murdering 30-year old Christina Baxter, according to a news release from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Baxter, who was deaf and blind, was found dead outside the Peterson's Richmond County home last month. She was starved to death in the home, investigators said.

The Petersons were originally charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in Baxter's death. A grand jury upgraded the charge to Murder on Tuesday. The Petersons were taken into custody waiting for a bond hearing, according to a statement from Sgt. Richard Roundtree.

The home where the Petersons and Baxter lived has been condemned.

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