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Son-in-law arrested in double murder Wednesday

Press Release from Sheriff Donnie Craig

On February 9, 2011 at approximately 12:25 am, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home invasion on Long Swamp Church Road in the east side of Pickens County. Upon arrival, it was found that one person was dead on the scene from apparent gunshot wounds. Her husband also had multiple gunshot wounds and was transported immediately to Kennestone Hospital in Kennesaw Georgia. Once at the hospital, the second victim passed away.

The victims were Raymond Campbell, age 55, and Cynthia Campbell, age 53.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office began working a joint case with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations immediately. Through the investigation, an arrest has been made. Ben Thomas Abbott, the son-in-law of both victims, has been charged with two counts of Murder at this time.

Due to the nature of an ongoing investigation, we are not able to release any more information, stated Sheriff Donnie Craig.


Chronology of other stories:

 Two Dead in Home Invasion-- February 9, 2011

Son in Law Arrested in Double Murder Wednesday --   February 9, 2011

Son in Law confessed to GBI agent in double murder case, according to first court hearing-- February 11, 2011

Death Penalty Sought for Ben Thomas Abbott -- June, 15, 2011 print edition for full story 

Abbott pleads not guilty to in-laws’ murder September 2011

Abbott shows no remorse -- reprint from Times Courier