Two men arrested after murder of Georgia sisters dropped from bridge

Desmond Levonta Brown, 28, and Devin Lashawn Watts, 36, were both arrested.

Sisters Vanita Richardson (left) and Trevena Clarece Campbell (right) were found dead under a Georgia bridge. State investigators have launched a homicide investigation into their deaths. (Photo: 11 Alive)

There’s been a break in the tragic story of the two sisters who were found dead under a Georgia bridge. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that two men have been arrested in connection with the deaths of Vernita Richardson, 19, and Truvenia Campbell, 31 who were found with bags over their heads near Georgia’s Etowah River on May 13th.

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Desmond Levonta Brown, 28, was arrested Monday on an obstruction charge but today, Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced they had also arrested Devin Lashawn Watts, 36, on charges of theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Neither of these charges would yet seem to connect to the double murder, but more charges are likely to be announced in the case, which authorities have been tight-lipped on about specific details.

“These arrests were the results of search warrants executed on apartments and vehicles based on leads that were developed and tips received from the GBI Tip Line,” the agency said when the announcement was made in a press release.

What is still unknown is how the women may have been tied to the men or if they knew them previously at all and what the motive might have been. Both natives of Rome, Georgia, a cursory glance of either woman’s social media pages doesn’t show anything more than normal young women going about their lives.

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Police are also still looking for the late model Toyota Corolla belonging to Richardson. She and Campbell were last seen alive in the vehicle, which is believed may still be in the metro Atlanta area.


Richardson, who her family says wanted to be a photographer, was scheduled to graduate Rome’s Armuchee High School school this Saturday.

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