Man, girlfriend charged with killing his granddad

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia say a 78-year-old man who had been reported missing was found dead inside his truck outside Atlanta, and his grandson and the suspect’s girlfriend now face charges in connection with his killing.

Cobb County Sgt. Dana Pierce said Edward Smith of Lilburn was reported missing Sunday after not being seen since Thursday. Pierce says his body was found Tuesday night.

Pierce told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/12XgQxK ) that Smith’s grandson, 30-year-old Casey Ryan Collins, and 23-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Cook, both face charges of felony murder. Arrest warrants obtained by the newspaper allege they stabbed and strangled Smith inside the older man’s pickup truck, then drove around town in the vehicle with his body still inside.

The suspects, both of Mableton, were being held in the Cobb County Jail. Jail records do not list attorneys for them.

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