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Dow’s son lived at the home and was known to carry large sums of cash, according to information presented in court and confirmed to AJC.com by Cranford. But he was not there when the four allegedly attacked, and Dow couldn’t answer their questions.
They beat her, prosecutors said.
Dow’s arms were broken and her face was cut and bruised. Before they left, prosecutors said the crew poured lighter fluid down her back and set her on fire. They took several telephones from the home, authorities said in court, and Ellery admitted to grabbing Dow’s medical alert device from around her neck.
Still, Dow crawled to a phone to call for help. She used water from a sleep apnea machine to put out the flames.
Dow died more than 20 days later at Grady Memorial Hospital, Cranford said.
Two other co-defendants pleaded guilty to Dow’s murder, home invasion, theft and aggravated assault in December 2017. Justin Pierce Grady, 39, and Cortavious Deshun Heard, 19, had worked on the Dow family farm, AJC.com previously reported. Grady had worked for the family for many years, and Heard, who was Ellery’s boyfriend at the time, had been let go.
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Justin Pierce Grady (left), Cortavious Deshun Heard
Grady and Heard have not been sentenced. A fourth person, Angel Harmon, is also accused in Dow’s death and has not been tried.
Sanquavious Cameron pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced to 15 years, with seven to serve in prison and the remainder on probation.
Ellery also pleaded guilty to burglary, identity fraud and financial transaction card theft for using Dow’s stolen bank card to withdraw $1,500 from an ATM, according to prosecutors.
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