Middle Georgia man arrested in Marietta, accused of murdering 2 teens

Daniel Payton Brinson was charged with the murders of two teenagers in Middle Georgia following his arrest in Marietta on multiple felony drug counts.

Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

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Daniel Payton Brinson was charged with the murders of two teenagers in Middle Georgia following his arrest in Marietta on multiple felony drug counts.

Credit: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

A Georgia man who was arrested late last month in Marietta on drug charges has now been charged with the murders of two teenagers in Johnson County.

Daniel Payton Brinson, 22, of Harrison, was charged Wednesday with two counts of malice murder, the GBI announced. Brinson is being held in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center following his April 26 arrest on multiple drug charges. He remains there without bond, online records show.

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The murder charges stem from the shootings of Destiney Hope Knight and Charlie Jaylon Garrett, both 18, who were found near an intersection in Wrightsville, the GBI said. The address where the bodies were discovered is a rural spot with no buildings in sight. Wrightsville is located about 60 miles east of Macon and about 150 miles southeast of Atlanta.

The bodies of Knight and Garrett were found just after 1 p.m. on April 23, but few details have been released about the circumstances around their deaths.

Brinson faces three felony drug counts in Cobb, according to jail records. He also has holds from law enforcement agencies in Johnson, Laurens and Washington counties.

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