Jennings denied bond

Murder victim's body wrapped in sheet, tied with electrical wire and submerged in pond

    Savanna Marie Jennings, 19, of a Pearl Mill Road address was denied bond Wednesday in Elbert County Superior Court by Senior Superior Court Judge Michael E. Hancock from the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit.     

    Jennings has been charged with murder in connection with the death of her grandfather Otha Perrin, 86, of the same Pearl Mill Road address. 

    According to Assistant District Attorney Meredith Head, Perrin was shot six times on Wednesday, Jan. 3. 

    He was left in his home until the following day, Jan. 4, when he was wrapped in a sheet and bound with electrical wire before his body was driven to a remote, rural farm pond off Wahatchee Creek Road. 

    Perrin’s body was discovered submerged in the pond four days later by the Elbert County Dive Team. 

    Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White said Wednesday that a third suspect in the case, Dakota Scott Street, 18, was indicted Monday by an Elbert County grand jury on murder charges. Street was originally charged only with concealing the death of another. 

    Jennings and William David Peterson, 19, of Athens were originally charged Wednesday, Jan. 10 with murder, malice murder, felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of crime, aggravated assault and concealing the death of another. Both were originally scheduled for a bond hearing Wednesday. 

    Peterson had also been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and probation violation.

    White said Peterson withdrew his motion for the bond hearing Wednesday, most likely because there is a probation “hold” against him. 

    He will likely request a bond hearing when the probation matter is resolved, said White.  

    Public Defender Nancee Tomlinson told Judge Hancock that Jennings has no criminal record. She asked him if Jennings could be released to the custody of a “godmother” who lives in Macon and be prohibited from coming back to Elbert County. 

    Tomlinson said “mentors” who live in Macon contacted her and said that they had arranged for Jennings to live in Macon. 

    Tomlinson also told Judge Hancock that Jennings had “medical conditions that need to be evaluated.”

    Court testimony Wednesday revealed that all three defendants in the case are “pointing fingers” at each other, accusing each other for the shooting death of Perrin.

    

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