Three men – two of them residents of Grantville – have been arrested for the attack last week that sent 83-year-old Dorothy Dow to Grady Hospital’s burn unit.
The Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office announced the three arrests on Tuesday night just after 9 p.m.
Arrested were Justin Peirce Grady, 38, and Cortavious Deshun Heard, 18, of Grantville; and Shanquavious Keontrell Cameron, 17, of Hogansville.
Grady and Heard, former employees at the Dow family’s farm, are 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.
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.
All of three men are being held in jail without bond.
“This investigation is still active and ongoing,” said Sheriff Chuck Smith. “We are seeking the public’s help with any additional information that can be obtained concerning these subjects or their activities prior to and after this incident occurred.”
Smith said investigators are still seeking additional persons of interest and expect to make additional arrests.
Smith named the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, the Newnan Police Department, the LaGrange Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as agencies working with his department on the case.
“It is through collaboration with these supporting agencies that has made this possible,” Smith said. “Whether it be helping us track down these individuals, assisting us in searches or taking these individuals in custody.”
The day after the Thursday attack on Dow, the Meriwether Sheriff’s Office issued a press release indicating they were looking for three or four black males and one black female.
Both of Dow’s arms were broken, all the fingers of one hand were broken, and she was set on fire. Despite her injuries, she doused the flames herself and then called 911. She underwent one surgery last week and is scheduled for another this week. Her family has said she has a long recovery ahead.
Last Sunday morning, Smith visited both of Lone Oak’s churches, Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist and St. Paul CME, to offer assurances to area residents and to ask for information that might help find those who attacked Dow.
At Allen-Lee, Smith said the Meriwether, Coweta, LaGrange and GBI forces were collaborating to identify suspects in the case.
Smith described the crime against Dow as “the most brutal, savage attack … in what she considers her safe place, her home.” He also spoke of Dow’s resilience, noting she gave officers information that will be helpful in solving the case.
“What could we possibly say about her tenacity and her courage?” the sheriff asked.
Smith did encourage his audience to be careful and to report anything that seems amiss. “If it doesn’t look right, if it doesn’t sound right, don’t hesitate. Call 911,” he advised.
A love offering for the Dow family was collected at the close of the Sunday service at Allen-Lee. A collection also was taken at Emory Chapel United Methodist Church in the Dresden community west of Newnan. Richard Campbell, pastor at Emory Chapel since June, knows Dot Dow, having served as pastor at Allen-Lee from 2002-2007.
Paul Parker, owner of the County Line Cafe in Luthersville, said the restaurant’s patrons also contributed to help the Dow family with expenses.
Story by Clay Neely and W.Winston Skinner