UPDATE: A grand jury has indicted a man accused of killing two women in Whitfield County in January.

Michael Townsend has been indicted on two counts of murder. 

On January 10, Townsend was arrested and charged in the deaths of Judy Potts, 72, and Cristal Spainhour, 44, who were found dead at a home in the 200 block of Tanglewood Drive.

Channel 3 will keep you updated on this developing story.


PREVIOUS STORY: The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office has identified the victims in Thursday's double homicide.

Judy Potts, 72, and Cristal Spainhour, 44, were found dead at a home in the 200 block of Tanglewood Drive.

The Whitfield County Animal Shelter confirms the family's dog was also injured in the incident. The dog suffered blunt force trauma to the head.

 

Sheriff Chitwood said the victims were mother and daughter.

The suspect, Michael Brandon Townsend, called 911 around 3:00 am. Deputies responded to the home and found Potts and Spainhour dead from multiple injuries.

Deputies say the women sustained blunt force trauma and suspected stab/cut wounds.

Sheriff Scott Chitwood says a motive is unclear.

Chitwood said, "Our understanding he was a roommate there at the residence with the elder woman and younger female. It is possible that the younger female and suspect had a brief relationship.”

Neighbors say they did not hear anything overnight.

Judy Castillo said, "We saw like all these cop cars, and the house surrounded by tape and when we saw the crime tape that’s when we knew something was wrong."

It's all unnerving for neighbors like Judy Castillo who lives nearby.

"It was shocking and scary, you know I have kids and it's scary to know that a murder happened just across the street," said Castillo.

Townsend was taken into custody. He faces two counts of murder, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated battery.

The Whitfield Animal Shelter is raising money to help pay for the dog's medical treatment.

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