Police arrest third murder suspect
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December 11, 2013 11:45 PM | 2343 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team members leaves the scene of Tuesday night’s armed standoff with John Michael Taylor, 27, of Acworth, in Dawsonville. Taylor was one of three suspects wanted on a charge of felony murder in the death of Christopher Pierce, 47, who was found dead in his home near Woodstock on Sunday, police said. Taylor was arrested after the three-hour standoff.
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team members leaves the scene of Tuesday night’s armed standoff with John Michael Taylor, 27, of Acworth, in Dawsonville. Taylor was one of three suspects wanted on a charge of felony murder in the death of Christopher Pierce, 47, who was found dead in his home near Woodstock on Sunday, police said. Taylor was arrested after the three-hour standoff.
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The man police say is the third and final suspect in a murder investigation near Woodstock was arrested Wednesday afternoon while working on his putting skills at a Kennesaw golf store.

Benson Kyle Lloyd, 28, of Jasper, was arrested just before 3 p.m. at the PGA Tour Superstore on George Busbee Parkway by detectives with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Cobb County police, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Lloyd and two others, John Michael Taylor, 27, of Acworth, and Krystle Gail Taylor, 27, of Dawsonville, are charged with felony murder in the death of Christopher Pierce, 47, who was found fatally shot in his home near Woodstock on Sunday afternoon.

An employee at the PGA Tour Superstore said that didn’t stop Lloyd and another man he was with from taking about 45 minutes Wednesday to hit golf balls on the store’s putting green.

“They were just resting back there in the back corner, these two,” said the employee, who declined to be named. “Our putting area is open to the general public. They were putting.”

About 45 minutes after the men had been taking advantage of the customer-use putting deck, the employee said officers came in and quickly took them out of the store.

Lloyd was taken to the Sheriff’s Office south precinct in Cherokee County to be questioned by detectives and was set to be taken in at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center later Wednesday, officers said.

The other man who had been at the store with the suspect wasn’t related to the murder case, police said.

The other suspects in the murder remained in the Cherokee jail without bond, after being arrested Tuesday near Dawsonville, Baker said.

Cherokee Sheriff Roger Garrison said Tuesday night that Krystle Gail Taylor was arrested at a house earlier in the day on Highway 136 without incident.

John Michael Taylor, though, held officers from Cherokee, Forsyth and Dawson counties off for three hours in an armed standoff at the house before SWAT team members went in and used a Taser on him.

Garrison told reporters during a news conference Tuesday night that authorities had witnessed Taylor shooting up methamphetamine inside the house before he was arrested and that he also came out of the house brandishing his gun twice.

Police said Pierce’s murder is believed to have resulted from a burglary attempt and possibly was drug related. According to warrants for the suspects, the victim was shot at least twice with a .25-caliber pistol.

With Wednesday’s arrest of Lloyd bringing an end to a whirlwind three days of investigation, detectives believe they have all those who were responsible for Pierce’s murder in custody, said Lt. Col. Ron Hunton, field operations commander for the Sheriff’s Office.

“We believe that we’ve got the three people that are directly responsible for the murder of the victim,” Hunton said Wednesday. He added that it is possible for more arrests in the case of “people that are involved in some fashion.”

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