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Suspects Indicted in Murder Case Originally Thought to be Hit & Run

Suspects Indicted in Murder Case Originally Thought to be Hit & Run

Tommy Murphy
Staff Writer

A Troup County Grand Jury has indicted a LaGrange man and woman in connection to a murder assault once thought to be a hit & run.

Michael Joshua Eugene Richardson, age 36, will face charges of Malice Murder, Felony Murder, and Aggravated Assault connected to the February 2020 death of Dennis Wayne Binion. A second suspect, Crystal Michelle Carothers, age 34, was indicted for Hindering the Apprehension or Punishment of a Criminal and Making False Statements to Law Enforcement.

Binion was originally thought to be a victim of a hit & run after he was found lying in the road with severe injuries in the 4600 block of Hamilton Road on the night of Feb.  4, 2020. He later passed away at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center.

The Georgia State Patrol initially investigated the incident as a car accident, thinking Binion had been struck by a vehicle while walking down the road, but no evidence was found indicating a pedestrian collision.

The Georgia State Troopers later turned over the investigation to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office when more nefarious circumstances became increasingly more likely.

Troup County Sheriff’s Investigators later identified Richardson and Carothers as suspects involved with the death of Binion, and both suspects were indicted after evidence was presented to a grand jury.

No further details on this case have been released at this time.

“Thank you to District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in this case to help bring some answers and closure to the Binion family,” said Sheriff James Woodruff.

If anyone has any additional information regarding the death of Dennis Binion, please contact the Troup County Sheriff’s Office at 706-883-1616. Anonymous tips can also be provided to the Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000.

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