Benson Kyle Lloyd, John Michael Taylor, Krystle Gail Taylor and Lindsey Morgan Campbell were indicted Feb. 10 by a Cherokee County grand jury on multiple charges each, including murder and burglary, in the death of Christopher Pierce, court records released Tuesday show.
According to the indictment, the suspects are accused of killing Pierce with a .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun after breaking into his house on Misty Hollow Way on Dec. 8, hours before Pierce’s father stopped by and found his body. Pierce had been shot in the chest and neck, the indictment says, but authorities have not said which suspect is believed to have fired the gun.
All suspects are in police custody, though one was picked up on unrelated charges in Cobb County.
Campbell, 26, of Acworth, was arrested Feb. 4 by Cobb Police on charges of intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm, following an interview with police in the case of Cobb Police officer C.A. Vill’s shooting, reports showed.
Campbell was not charged in the shooting, but reports show officers found what they say was less than a gram of the drug on her, along with a .22-caliber pistol inside a suitcase during the investigation.
Cherokee District Attorney Shannon Wallace said Tuesday she was unable to comment on Campbell’s possible involvement in Pierce’s death, other than to say “information was obtained by law enforcement during the investigation which led to Ms. Campbell being formally charged.”
John Michael Taylor, 27, of Acworth, and Krystle Gail Taylor, 27, of Dawsonville, have been in the Cherokee County jail since their arrest at a house in Dawsonville on Dec. 10, when John Michael Taylor held police off in an hours-long, armed standoff, authorities said.
Lloyd, 28, of Jasper, was arrested one day later at the PGA Tour Superstore in Kennesaw, where police said he was hitting golf balls with a friend.
At the time of the incident, which left Pierce’s father grieving and neighbors in the quiet subdivision horrified, police said the victim’s death was believed to have happened during a burglary attempt and possibly was drug related.
Authorities have declined to say exactly how the killing was drug-related, but, like Campbell, each of the suspects faces charges of possession of methamphetamine. Lloyd and the Taylors — who police say aren’t related — were each charged in the indictment with that crime.
John Michael Taylor was also indicted on a felony murder count for causing Pierce’s death while he was committing another crime and in possession of a firearm. According to the indictment, he was convicted of a felony drug charge in 2006.