Triple murder suspect in custody

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News 12 at 11, February 9, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Sheriff Ronnie Strenth held a news conference Saturday night and said there were three crime scenes. A home off of Bennock Mill Road, that's right of Mike Padgett Highway, Lock and Dam Road, and Edgeworth Drive.

It all started at 11:30 Saturday morning. Investigators received a call to 3522 Edgeworth Drive, in reference to a suspicious situation.

"On arrival we were advised by the suspects estranged wife that he had come by her residence and his clothes were covered in blood," Sheriff Ronnie Strength said.

At 12:10, Investigators responded to 751 Bennock Mill Road. When they arrived, they discovered a husband and wife stabbed to death, 45-year-old Andrew Hartley and 46-year-old Sharon Hartley dead before they had a chance to save themselves.

"The perpetrator entered the house surprised the husband and wife thats inside. He attempted to defend himself, the perpetrator stabbed him several times along with the wife and both were left for dead laying on the floor in the bedroom," Richmond County Coroner, Grover Tuten said.

Minutes later, a third call. This time to the Lock and Dam boat ramp in reference to a brush fire. In the brush fire, firefighters found the body of 18-year-old Allyson Pederson. Investigators said she was five months pregnant. Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten said her body was burned at the scene.

For the next six hours, Sheriff Strength said a team of 12 investigators, crime scene techs, and the crime suppression team followed several leads, that eventually led to their suspect in a wooded area on Richmond Hill Road at Bungalow Road.

"At 6:30 p.m. our folks responded to that area, searched it and the suspect was taken into custody without incident," Sheriff Strength said.

Investigators said 30-year-old Adrian Hargrove is charged with three counts of murder.

Investigators said it's still very early in the investigation and there are a lot of unanswered questions. Sheriff Strength said this investigation could take days and other arrests are possible.

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