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2 arrested for woman’s murder

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ROSWELL, Ga. — Two people have been arrested in connection with the Jan. 17 murder of a 53-year-old Johns Creek woman.

Both 31-year-old James Jerome Lloyd, of Milton, and 55-year-old Petra Elvira Reese, of Grove Town, were charged with the murder of Karen Lee LaForge. Reese was additionally charged with stalking and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers.

Police said that Reese is the ex-wife of the victim’s fiancée, while Lloyd is a “known associate” of Reese.

Roswell police responded to a 911 call from LaForge’s fiancée at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 17. When they arrived to Tyson Circle, police found the LaForge lying dead in the side yard.

According to Roswell Public Information Officer Lisa Holland, it was quickly apparent that it had been an “obvious homicide.”

LaForge died from strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head, said the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Roswell police are not releasing how they traced the two suspects to LaForge’s death.

“At this time, we do not believe that there are any other persons involved in the death of Karen LaForge,” said Roswell Public Information Officer Lisa Holland. “However, we are continuing to close out any and all tips or leads we have or may continue to receive.”

Roswell police worked in conjunction with numerous organizations, including the Milton police, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Cherokee County Sheriff Crime Scene Investigators, to find Lloyd and Reese.

murder, homicide

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