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Adams to seek death penalty in Butts cold case

Towaliga Circuit District Attorney Jonathan Adams announced this week that he will pursue the death penalty against Fuquah Dewalt Cashaw who was indicted in the 1999 cold case murder of Heather Davidson. Heather Davidson, a Clayton County resident, was kidnapped and found murdered in Butts County in 1999. Davidson was beaten and strangled to death, which led to the multiple felony counts in this case. The Butts County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation and due to a DNA match and other evidence, Fuquah Cashaw was arrested as the murder suspect in 2015. A Grand Jury indicted Cashaw on October 14, 2015 on counts of Malice Murder, Felony Murder, and Kidnapping with Bodily Injury. J. Scott Johnston will be the lead Assistant District Attorney working with the District Attorney on the case. ’After my review of this case, the manner of death and other factors that cannot be released publicly at this time, I am convinced we must pursue the death penalty against Mr. Cashaw,’ said DA Jonathan Adams. ‘The DA’s Office will vigorously prosecute this case and finally secure justice for Heather Davidson in her vicious murder.’

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