Accused killer indicted

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February 19, 2008
Augusta, Ga--

From Crime Team 12, the Richmond County Grand Jury has indicted Adrian Hargrove on 12 charges related to the deaths of three members of one family.

Hargrove was arrested February 9th. That was the day the bodies of Andrew and Shannon Hartley were found in their home on Bennock Mill Rd. Then the burned body of Allyson Pederson, 18, was found at Lock and Dam Park. She was their step-daughter.

The Grand Jury Tuesday issued these indictments: 3 counts of felony murder, 3 counts of malice murder, 1 count of kidnapping, 1 count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, 1 count burglary, 2 counts possession of a knife during the commission of a crime, and 1 count feticide.

Deputies also arrested Lawanda Haskell after the crimes were discovered. She's charged with helping Hargrove avoid capture, and officers said she also took him to the area where Miss Pederson's body was found.

Hargrove was convicted of cruelty to children in 1999 and is a registered sex offender in Georgia.

He's being held in the Richmond County Jail, awaiting court proceedings.

There's no indication at this time whether the District Attorney's office intends to file a notice to seek the death penalty in the case.

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