83 Year-Old White Grandma Burned Alive By 4 Black Youth, Now Charged With Murder

Authorities say Dorothy Dow, 83, was brutally beaten and burned by unknown assailants inside her home. (SOURCE: Meriwether County authorities)
Authorities say Dorothy Dow, 83, was brutally beaten and burned by unknown assailants inside her home. (SOURCE: Meriwether County authorities)

Justin Grady, Cortavious Heard, and Shanquavious Cameron (Source: Meriwether Co. Sheriff's Office) Justin Grady, Cortavious Heard, and Shanquavious Cameron (Source: Meriwether Co. Sheriff’s Office)

 

Ellery and Harmon (Source: Meriwether County Sheriff's Office) Ellery and Harmon (Source: Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office)

MERIWEATHER COUNTY, GA (CBS46) –

An elderly woman that was attacked during a home invasion has died after spending weeks in the hospital and the people who police say assaulted her will now face murder charges.

Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith said the sheriff’s office will file murder charges in the death of Dorothy Dow. Each suspect, of which there are four, now face felony murder and malice murder charges.

According to family members, the 83-year-old Dow had been on a ventilator since the incident occurred at her home in Lone Oak in early August.

Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office officials said the suspects forced their way into her home, beat her, poured something on her and set her on fire.

“Once they entered the home, one individual entered her bedroom where she was already in bed,” Smith said.

He says one man started beating Dow with a gun, breaking several bones in her hand and forearm. She was then set on fire by another suspect. Dow crawled around on the floor of her home searching for a gallon of water she had near a breathing machine, eventually found it and then put the fire out. She then found her cell phone and dialed 911.

“With one hand broken and her arm broken in four places, she pulled the top off of a gallon of water, poured it over her head and put out the fire,” said Dorothy’s daughter-in-law Beth Dow. “She then drug herself into the den on her broken arms to get to her cellphone to call 911. She said, ‘I thought they were going to kill me’. They told her that she was never going to see her sons again.”

Dow had several surgeries due to her injuries which included broken bones and severe burns. She later passed away.

Suspects held without bond

  • Justin Peirce Grady, B/M, 38 years of age, listed address of Meriwether Street, Grantville, Ga. Grady is being charged additionally for the offenses of Felony Murder and Malice Murder, 1 count each.
  • Cortavious Deshun Heard, B/M, 18 years of age, listed address of Hilltop Circle Grantville, Ga. and Askew Ave, Hogansville, Ga. Heard is being charged additionally for the offenses of Felony Murder and Malice Murder, 1 count each.
  • Mina Christine Ellery, B/F, 17 years of age, listed address of Westgate Park, Newnan, Ga. Ellery is being charged additionally for the offenses of Felony Murder and Malice Murder, 1 count each.
  • Angel Latrice Harmon, B/F, 17 years of age, listed address of Happy Valley Trail, Newnan, Ga. Harmon is being charged additionally for the offenses of Felony Murder and Malice Murder, 1 count each.

The suspects are being held without bond.