Man, accomplice sentenced for murder of Publix employee found behind Waffle House

Jared Kemp (left), De’Asia Page

Jared Kemp (left), De’Asia Page

A man and his accomplice were sentenced Tuesday for murder and the stashing of a woman’s body behind a Waffle House in 2017, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

Jared Kemp, 20, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Toni Abad, 58, a Publix employee and grandmother of five, DA’s Office spokesman Chris Hopper said. He was convicted of murder, felony murder, armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle in the first degree and aggravated assault.

His girlfriend, De’Asia Page, 20, was sentenced to 30 years after a non-negotiated plea, according to Hopper.

Toni Abad was found dead in the trunk of her car in south Fulton County in December 2017.

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Page and Kemp were both 18 years old when Kemp fatally beat Abad with a baseball bat four days before Christmas in 2017, previously reported.

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The murder happened after Abad left work at the grocery store on Campbellton Fairburn Road. She was asked by Page for a ride, according to Hopper. Page then lured her to a secluded road in Fairburn where the murder happened.

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Kemp and Page stashed Abad’s body in the trunk of her 2012 Ford Fusion and drove it to the back of a Waffle House on Fairground Road. A call about an abandoned vehicle resulted in a Fulton County police lieutenant discovering Abad’s body.

Page was arrested on Christmas Eve and named Kemp as an accomplice.

According to Hopper, the motive behind the murder was robbery.

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