Perth Earl
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department

Man accused of strangling his children’s mother captured in Ohio

A man accused of strangling his children’s mother during a domestic dispute was arrested in Ohio on Friday night, Gwinnett County police said. 

Perth Earl, 39, faces charges of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault in the death of Angela Burnett.

According to Channel 2 Action News, the warrants indicate Burnett died of strangulation. 

Earl had been on the run since police got a call about 2 a.m. Friday from someone outside of Gwinnett County reporting the domestic dispute at a home in the 4100 block of Phil Niekro Parkway, Gwinnett police Cpl. Michele Pihera said.

Officers arrived to find Burnett unresponsive inside the home with two young children and an adult with special needs also inside. 

Gwinnett County police investigated a woman's death on Phil Niekro Parkway. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Burnett, 37, was later determined to be dead, and Earl, the father of her two youngest children, was gone.

Burnett didn’t have any obvious signs of trauma such as stabbing or gunshot wounds, Pihera said.

The children, who were upstairs during the woman’s death, may have heard the incident unfold, Pihera said. The children are now staying with other family members, police said. The adult with special needs is Burnett’s child but is not related to Earl.

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