Four people arrested for the brutal attack on an 83-year-old woman in her home in Meriwether County on Aug. 4 are now facing murder charges.
The death of Dorothy Reed Dow on Saturday has brought sadness to her family and friends. Also, following her death, Justin Peirce Grady, 38, of Grantville; Cortavious Deshun Heard, 18, of Grantville; Mina Christine Ellery, 17, of Newnan; and Angel Latrice Harmon, 17, of Newnan have seen felony murder and malice murder charges added to a list of offenses that already have them in jail without bond.
Dow, a Tennessee native who lived in College Park before moving to Lone Oak in 1988, died Saturday at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, following two surgeries for broken bones and serious burns she suffered in the attack in her residence. According to Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith, Dow was pronounced dead Saturday at 4:40 p.m. by her attending physicians at the hospital.
Dow “put forth a valiant effort to recover from the injuries that she sustained,” Smith said. He announced her death “with great sadness and a heavy heart.” Dow’s body was released to Meriwether County Coroner Johnny Worley for transport to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy.
Grady and Heard, former employees at the Dow family’s farm, were arrested Aug. 9 and charged with criminal-attempt felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, armed robbery, first-degree arson, first-degree burglary, cruelty to a person who is 65 years or older and battery.
The following day, Ellery and Harmon were arrested and charged with criminal-attempt felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, armed robbery, first-degree criminal attempt arson, first-degree burglary, and battery.
“Our agency has been in communication with our district attorney’s office related to these upgraded and additional charges being filed in this case investigation,” Smith said. “Our agency – through coordination with our district attorney’s office – will be pursuing the prosecution of those responsible for this heinous crime to the fullest extent of the law.”
Shanquavious Keontrell Cameron, 17, of Hogansville was arrested along with Grady and Heard. He and Harmon face charges in a separate incident that occurred on Aug. 2 where Dow’s purse was stolen.
Harmon is charged with first-degree burglary, financial-transaction card theft and identity theft fraud when using/possessing identity information concerning a person.
Cameron is charged with financial transaction card theft and identity theft fraud. Cameron will also be charged with party to a crime for the charges levied against Grady and Heard.
Arrangements for Dow’s funeral have not been announced – beyond the plan for her to be buried with her husband and daughter at Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak, where Dow was a longtime member and an active part of the United Methodist Women for years.
Smith asked the public to “keep the Dow Family in your thoughts, prayers and give them the respect that they deserve as they grieve the death of their loved one.” Dow’s family has asked that memorial contributions go to the Grady Memorial Hospital Burn Unit.