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Arrests Made in Thomasville Triple Murder

Two Thomasville residents have been charged with first-degree murder after three people were found shot to death inside their home earlier this week.

Officials confirmed Saturday that 41-year-old Carl Kennedy and 39-year-old Leigh Williams are both being held in the Davidson County Jail under three counts of first-degree murder each.

No mugshots or details about the investigation leading up to the arrests were immediately available. The Thomasville Police Department is expected to reveal more about the investigation at a news conference scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday.

The bodies of Sharon Rushing, 61, Angela Dawn Soles, 43, and Gary Lynn Seward, 52, were discovered inside their home on Rotary Lane around 2 p.m. Thursday.

Rushing and Soles were mother and daughter, and Seward was Rushing's friend, said Capt. Derrick Smith with Thomasville Police. All three had lived in the rental home for about 1 1/2 years.

All three victims had a single gunshot wound in the chest, Smith said. Police have not released a motive.

Smith said it appears that whoever was responsible forced their way into the home through a side kitchen door. Police believe the victims were targeted since the home was not ransacked.

Two victims were found in a bedroom, while the third victim was found in a hallway leading to the bedroom, Smith said.

Thomasville Police Chief Jeff Insley said Friday that the incident does not appear to be a random act, though officers have never been dispatched to the address for any previous problems.

Police are awaiting results from the Medical Examiner's Office to determine when the actual crime occurred. Neighbors said they heard gunshots coming from the home between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Monday, and some said they regretted not calling police at that time. The bodies were not discovered until Thursday afternoon when one of the neighbors went to check on the home and called 911.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Thomasville Police at (336) 475-4260, Thomasville Crime Stoppers at 476-8477 or the SBI at 1-800-334-3000. Tipsters with information leading to an arrest will be eligible for a reward, police said.

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