Second suspect arrested

Police have arrested a second suspect in connection with Saturday's triple homicide.

Lawanda Montez Haskell, of the 3500 block of Wyevale Road, was arrested Saturday evening and charged with harboring or concealing a fugitive and making false statements in a government matter, Lt. Scott Peebles said in an e-mail Monday. The two felony charges stem from her alleged involvement in helping Adrian Tywan "Goose" Hargrove, 30, of the 3500 block of Edgeworth Drive, evade capture.

Responding to a call from Mr. Hargrove's estranged wife, Richmond County Investigators found the bodies of Andrew Hartley, 45, and his wife, 46-year-old Sharon Hartley, at their Bennock Mill Road home. The body of Mr. Hartley's stepdaughter, five-months pregnant Allyson Pederson, 18, was discovered badly burned off Lock and Dam Road near the Augusta Regional Airport.

Mr. Hargrove, 30, was charged with three counts of murder, and officials are awaiting the result of today's autopsy to determine whether he could face an additional charge of feticide in the death of Ms. Pederson's unborn child.

Ms. Haskell "continually" provided false information about the case and the suspect's whereabouts, said Lt. Peebles, a violent crimes investigator. She also is accused of driving Mr. Hargrove to the scene where Ms. Pederson's body had been taken.

Investigator Tom Johnson said they are not sure what sparked Mr. Hargrove's violent rampage. But state records show he had a history of violence, including a cruelty to children charge that was part of a seven-year sentence that began in 1999.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Mr. Hargrove was charged with cruelty to children in Franklin County, Ga. He was released from prison in March 2006. A year later, he was charged with third-degree cruelty to children and second-degree criminal damage to property in Burke County, according to a Burke County sheriff's report.

Staff Writer Greg Gelpi contributed to this article.

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