DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) – After eight years, Vanessa “Honey” Malone’s household has lastly obtained solutions into who killed the 18-year-old.
DeKalb County Police arrested 34-year-old Donald Ash for the 2012 homicide.
Honey was shot twice – as soon as in the chest and in the again – after knocking on the door of her pal’s Stone Mountain.
Honey’s mother, Flora Malone spoke completely to CBS46’s CSI Atlanta group on the arrest.
“I’m still kind of shaking from it because I’ve been waiting for this for so long,” she instructed CBS46.
Malone stated Ash was an acquaintance of Honey’s and somebody she had pressed DeKalb Police for years to research.
“He’s been out there in the streets, having fun, living his life,” she stated. “I want to know how it’s possible to live with yourself after doing something like that. How can you get up every day and look in the mirror, and think you’re an okay person?”
DeKalb Police launched few particulars surrounding Ash’s arrest however posted on social media “that extensive detective work that led us to new evidence, which ultimately resulted in Ash’s arrest.”
He was charged with second-degree homicide and, concealing details and false statements.
CBS46’s crime scene investigator Sheryl ‘Mac’ McCollum, who labored alongside the CSI Atlanta group to maintain Honey’s case in the highlight, stated the arrest marks some closure for Honey’s household.
CSI Atlanta met with DeKalb police to debate forensic testing that would assist determine suspects, and likewise partnered with the Dr. Oz present final month to deliver the case a nationwide viewers in hopes of fixing it.
“Beyond ecstatic for her momma,” stated McCollum. “Obviously we’d love a conviction because that would solidify what her family has been hoping for.”
Police stated Honey’s case grew cold rapidly after witnesses refused to cooperate.
Police have maintained Honey was a sufferer of a botched theft. Police stated on October 2012, Honey shocked the robbers, arriving whereas they ransacked the condominium.
An unknown variety of masked males carrying weapons had kicked in the door and tied up her two buddies – a person and a girl – in the toilet.
Honey was the one one harmed.
But that particulars surrounding Honey’s demise may change with the discharge of latest data, McCollum stated.
“We would love for more information to come out because the biggest thing that her momma doesn’t know is the ‘why,’” stated McCollum. “Why was she shot, when nobody in that apartment was injured.”
Police stated the investigation is ongoing. CSI Atlanta will proceed to replace the story as new particulars turn into obtainable.