Suspect charged in Johnson County double slaying

Daniel Payton Brinson
Daniel Payton Brinson(WRDW)
Published: May. 7, 2021 at 10:43 AM EDT|Updated: May. 7, 2021 at 2:23 PM EDT
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WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Authorities have charged a suspect in a recent double homicide in Johnson County.

He was arrested by the Marietta Police Department on unrelated charges on April 26 and was held at the Cobb County Jail.

At about 1 p.m. April 23, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 1383 Paul Lord Road in Wrightsville to investigate a report of two deceased people. Deputies discovered Destiny Hope Kight, 18, of Wrightsville and Charles Jaylon Garrett, 18, of East Dublin, dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

On Wednesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation secured arrest warrants for Daniel Payton Brinson, 22, of Harrison in Washington County, on two counts of malice murder.

The investigation revealed that Brinson was a known associate of Garrett, according to authorities.

Brinson had been arrested by the Marietta Police Department on unrelated charges on April 26. The charges include possession of drugs with intent to distribute and purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of marijuana, according to jail records.

Agencies assisting in the investigation include the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Wrightsville Police Department, Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Community Supervision Dublin Office.

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