Suspects Arrested in Homicide-Robbery at the Covington Wal-Mart

UPDATE: 11/22/15 11:00am

On November 21st, detectives received a tip from a Tennessee resident, identifying the suspects and vehicle Law Enforcement were looking for concerning the Homicide-Robbery incident at the Covington Wal-Mart.

The Manchester, Tennessee Police Department later located the vehicle, a silver 2002 Honda Accord, and made a traffic stop. Brandon Shawn Smith, 27, and Stephanie Marie Rodriguez, 37, were arrested and are currently in custody in Manchester, Tennessee and awaiting extradition to Covington, GA.


Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – With little to no leads, detectives from the Covington Police Department are still searching for the suspects involved in a Georgia woman’s death. Now the department is offering a $10,000 reward for anyone who can help catch them.

Marsha Jonson was murdered in Covington, GA Monday night in a Walmart parking lot, after a man snatched her purse and repeatedly ran over her with his car.

Detectives believe the suspect, and a woman seen riding along in the passenger’s car, may be in Chattanooga, after the victim’s credit card was found near a local chicken factory. And now, Detective Jerry Roberts with Covington P.D., says, they need help from the community now more than ever.

"The male is believed to be about 5’9 to 6 foot, about 250 pounds," said Detective Roberts, when asked to describe the suspects, "He does have some facial hair. The female is about 5’6, she’s a little smaller-a little thinner built, has some reddish tent to her hair."

According to detectives, both suspects were seen wearing hoodies and ball caps, the night of the incident, driving a late 90s-early 2000s silver Honda Accord, and are believed to be armed and dangerous. The two are also suspects in a similar incident that happened in Saint George, SC where a woman was held at gun point but managed to get away.

Detective Roberts urges anyone who may come in contact with the suspects, to call 911 or Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta immediately, "You can do it anonymously. They’ll give you a number, so that if we use your information to follow up on and we make an arrest off of that, that’s how you can get your money."

The number to Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta is 404-577-TIPS (8477).

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