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Two suspects connected with weekend Woodstock murder arrested in Dawson County

By Staff
DAWSONVILLE - Dawson County authorities have arrested two suspects connected with a weekend murder in Cherokee County, while a third suspect is still on the loose.

According to a report from Fox 5 News, detectives with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday morning that arrest warrants had been issued for John Michael Taylor, 27, of Acworth, Krystle Gail Taylor, 27, of Dawsonville, and Benson Kyle Lloyd, 28, of Jasper, all of whom are believed to have been involved in the murder of 47-year-old Christopher Pierce, who was found dead Sunday inside his Woodstock home.

Fox 5 reports that by Tuesday afternoon, authorities had located a home in Dawson County where two of the suspects were seeking refuge. Sheriff's deputies and SWAT personnel were dispatched to the home on Tuesday evening, where they surrounded the suspects.

Police were able to arrest one of the suspects, Krystle Taylor, early on, while the second individual remained inside the home. Sheriff Billy Carlyle said that negotiators dealing with the suspect, later identified as John Taylor, were ultimately able to convince him to surrender to authorities, according to Fox 5's report.

Benson Lloyd has thus far continued to evade capture, and authorities say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

All three suspects are believed to be drug dealers with connections to a number of north Georgia counties, including Cobb, Catoosa, Pickens and Cherokee.


THE FOLLOWING IS THE PREVIOUS STORY ON THE MURDER.

WOODSTOCK - Cherokee County authorities are on the lookout for three suspects - including a woman from Dawsonville - in connection with a deadly shooting in the Woodstock area over the weekend.

Authorities say Krystle Gail Taylor, 27, of Dawsonville, John Michael Taylor, 27, of Acworth and Benson Kyle Lloyd, 28, of Jasper are all thought to be involved in Christopher Pierce's death.

Pierce's body was discovered Sunday at his home on Misty Hollow Way by his father. Pierce had been shot to death.

While Cherokee County authorities have not released many details about the case, they do say the three suspects are known drug users and the murder appears to be drug-related.

The three suspects were thought to be in the Dawsonville area on Monday, and authorities said they believe the three to be armed and dangerous.

A Nixle alert issued by Cherokee County authorities asks the public to be on the lookout for the trio and to call 770-928-0239 or 911 if they have any information on the suspects' whereabouts.
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