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Catoosa County Sheriff's Office investigating 1st murder of 2016

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CATOOSA COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -

UPDATE: The Catoosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating it's first murder of the year. 

Brian Davenport is charged with the murder of the woman he called his fiance, Deborah Abney, 46. Abney's body was found inside of a parked car. Her death was believed to be a suicide, until Davenport's story began to unravel. 
     
Davenport is now behind bars, charged with felony murder. Deputies believe he shot the mother of his kids in the back of the head after a court hearing on Friday. 

"The initial call was that it was a suicide of a young lady who had shot herself in the head," said Sheriff Gary Sisk, Catoosa County Sheriff's Dept. 

Deputies found Deborah Abney slumped over in the passenger seat of a car parked in the 2100 block of Taylors Ridge Road. 

The area is isolated, surrounded mostly by woods. Davenport told responding deputies the property belonged to a friend and he and Abney were there to talk and eat sandwiches.

"We're still reaching out talking to everyone trying to really find out whats been going on with these individuals over the last several months, I know that afternoon or that day they did have a court hearing," said Sheriff Sisk. 

Deputies say the court hearing didn't go well, family friends say the couple lost custody of their two daughters.While Davenport was being interviewed, investigators found inconsistencies in his story. 

 "Our crime scene technician continued to process the scene there and he had found evidence that the firearm had been moved," said Sheriff Sisk. 

Sheriff Sisk says that Davenport admitted to moving the gun but not to shooting Abney. He was then charged with making false statements and tampering with evidence. 

 "He did not call 911," said Sheriff Sisk. 

Sheriff  Sisk says Davenport called his mother instead, she then called the property owner who called 911, 10-15 minutes after the gun went off.  Abney's autopsy ruled her death a homicide. 

"It was determined that miss Abney was shot in the back of the head," said Sisk. 

Davenport is now charged with felony murder, 2 counts of giving false information and tampering with evidence. He's being held in Catoosa County Jail without bond. 

Sisk said Davenport has a history of domestic violence. This marks the county's first homicide of 2016.


PREVIOUS STORY: Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk tells Channel 3 that Brian Davenport has been charged with murder, possession of firearm during commission of a felony, giving false information and tampering with evidence, all related to the death of Deborah Abney.

On March 11, Catoosa County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to 213 Taylors Ridge Road, a wooded area that is on private property.

The victim has been identified as 46-year-old Deborah Abney, said to be the mother of Davenport's children.

Earlier in the day, Davenport and Abney were in court for a custody hearing on the children.

Davenport told deputies that he had taken Abney to the property to eat sandwiches after the custody hearing.

Abney was found with a gunshot wound to the head in the passenger seat of a Honda Civic found on the property.

Davenport initially told police Abney's death was a suicide, but during the investigation, Davenport admitted to moving the weapon found found at the scene. 

The autopsy ruled Abney's death as a homicide due to the bullet wound to the back of the head.

Sisk said Davenport has a history of domestic violence.

This marks the county's first homicide of 2016.

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