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Murder suspect arrested in Athens
Man wanted in deaths of 2 adults, unborn child

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — On Feb. 22, two daughters in Indianapolis huddled in terror under a table as someone gunned down their pregnant mother and her roommate.

Neighbors who heard the shots took the girls from the home while the shooter fled.

The alleged shooter remained on the run until Wednesday when an Athens police officer pulled over his car.

Indianapolis metro homicide detective Tom Tudor identified the shooter as Jerone Bussey, 21, of Port au Prince Drive, Indianapolis. Bussey is charged with two counts of murder and feticide. The mother was more than seven months pregnant.

Visiting relatives

Tudor said Bussey has been in Florida and Athens, where his father has relatives.

Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce said U.S. marshals were in Athens on Wednesday searching for Bussey, and Athens police assisted.

Athens officer Brandon Turner stopped Bussey's vehicle on U.S. 72 east of Lindsay Lane at 7 p.m. Turner and officer Charlie Clem took Bussey into custody. Bussey is in the Limestone County Jail pending extradition to Indiana.

With Bussey was a female whom Tudor identified as Bussey's pregnant girlfriend. Tudor said she is not charged in the slayings. Tudor said the event that led to the shootings is a complicated story.

He said Bussey knew the roommate, 42-year-old Wayne Carl Ailes. Ailes was living with Christina Denny, 24, and her two daughters , ages 2 and 4.

Tudor said Bussey found out that Ailes "might have been providing information to police on another matter." Tudor said the two were involved in drugs.

The officer said it appears the 4-year-old daughter answered the door and let Bussey inside the home.

He said Bussey then allegedly shot Ailes. The girls hid under a table, and Bussey then allegedly shot their mother.

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