Atlanta man accused of shooting wife, step-daughter in head, attempted rape

The Atlanta man suspected of killing his wife, her 12-year-old daughter and another woman over the weekend is also charged with attempted rape.

According to an Atlanta police incident report from Thursday, Joseph Leonardo Smith tried to rape a woman he went to visit that evening, roughing her up in the process.

Police have not identified the attempted rape victim.

The woman called police shortly before 11 p.m., saying that Smith, 31, had come to her apartment to lend her some money when he forced her into her bedroom, according to police reports.

Smith bit the woman and tried to choke her, hitting her when she screamed out for help, the woman told police.

He fled the apartment in a black car, police said, and investigators obtained a warrant for Smith’s arrest Friday, authorities said.

Police caught up to him Sunday morning at his home in the 500 block of Morrow Lane.

After a lengthy stand-off with an Atlanta police SWAT team, investigators entered Smith’s southwest Atlanta home to find the bodies of his fiancé Shatikey Griffin, 34, and her daughter Demiya Griffin.

Both died from gunshot wounds to the head, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday morning.

Earlier that day, East Point police, responding to a call for a welfare check at the Wellesly Inn hotel on Virginia Avenue, found the body of 36-year-old Loveitt Wallace.

Wallace had been strangled to death, authorities said.

East Point police officials said on Sunday that Smith was suspected in Wallace’s death.

Smith was arrested Sunday after negotiating a surrender with police.

Griffin’s family said she had only been married to Smith for about a month.

Smith is being held at the Fulton County Jail and will make his first appearance before a judge Tuesday morning at 11 a.m.

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