North Georgia couple sentenced for murder of her ex

CHATSWORTH, Georgia (WDEF) – Now that the second suspect has pleaded guilty, officials reveal details of the Murray County love triangle that led to murder.

Both 21 year old Nadya Catherine Swartz (formerly Crandall) and 21 year old Justin Payton Hooker have now pleaded guilty to the murder of Kenneth Eugene Bunn.

They both got life sentences.

The murder happened a year ago near the Conasauga River bridge on Carlton Petty Road in Murray County.

Prosecutors say Swartz had broken up with the victim and started dating Hooker.

By early 2020, the two males were having friction, with Hooker once threatening to kill Bunn.

Nadya Swartz

Prosecutors say it was Swartz who suggested that they kill her ex and Hooker bought a gun.

She then called Bunn and hinted she wanted to get back together.

They got together at one of their old meeting places at the bridge.

Prosecutors say when she arrived, she began an argument with Bunn and Hooker pulled a gun and shot him four times.

Investigators aren’t sure when he arrived or if Bunn knew he was there since accounts vary.

Fisherman found Bunn’s body the next morning.

Murray deputies arrested Swartz and Hooker within four days.

Both denied the plot to begin with.

But after her arrest, Swartz confessed.

Justin Hooker

Hooker continued denying it, then said he shot Bunn in self defense.

But he detailed the entire scheme to the court when he pleaded guilty in March.

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