Suspect in Covington double shooting now faces murder charge

Credit: Newton County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Newton County Sheriff's Office

A Covington woman who was arrested after police said she shot her child’s father and his new girlfriend last Wednesday now faces a murder charge.

Authorities filed the new charge against 22-year-old Dalanna Bailey after the girlfriend died Tuesday afternoon, Covington police spokesman Officer Justin Stott told

Officers responded to the Fieldcrest Walk Apartments shortly before 9 p.m. after receiving a call about a double shooting. They found a man who had been shot in the shoulder and a woman inside a wrecked car who had been shot in the head, previously reported.

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The couple were identified as 20-year-old Deshawn Grayson and 27-year-old La’Peachah Nash. Officers rendered aid to both victims until paramedics arrived, and Grayson and Nash were flown to Atlanta Medical Center.

Nash was kept on life support for several days so her organs could be donated, investigators said. Grayson is expected to survive, but it was not clear Wednesday afternoon if he had been released from the hospital.

Police said the fatal shooting was the result of an argument that took place between Bailey and Grayson after Bailey showed up at the apartment complex with their 11-month-old child.

As the two argued, Nash attempted to drive away, police said. When she did, Bailey allegedly pulled out a gun and opened fire, hitting Nash and Grayson. Stott said Nash crashed her car in the parking lot after the shooting.

Bailey took her child and left the scene in a 2003 Honda Accord, according to police. With the help of a license plate reader, authorities were able to track her to the Knight’s Inn motel on Panola Road in DeKalb County.

Officers waited outside the motel for several hours before Bailey emerged from her room with the child Thursday morning, Stott said. She was arrested and the child was unharmed. Detectives also recovered the gun believed to have been used in the shooting, according to police.

Bailey now faces one count of murder in addition to the count of aggravated assault, records show. She remains held without bond at the Newton County Jail.

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