Suspect in Cherokee slaying has a long criminal history
by Megan Thornton
July 17, 2012 12:46 AM | 5206 views | 15 15 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — A 19-year-old woman was shot and killed Sunday morning near the doorway of a family member’s home in Cherokee County.

The victim’s boyfriend, whose criminal history includes 10 arrests in Cobb County since 2008, is accused of the killing.

Already on probation in Cobb at the time of his arrest according to Cobb Superior Court records, Trevor Nuckles, 21, has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Dejanirra Elrod, who was shot several times just after midnight Sunday, investigators said.

An autopsy report completed on Monday showed that the victim was struck three times, according to Maj. Ron Hunton, head of criminal investigations for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

Hunton said the investigation showed that a total of six shots were fired at the victim.

Elrod, who was known as “DJ,” died after being taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta.

Investigators are continuing to examine the relationship between the victim and the suspect, Hunton said.

Residents who know the family said the victim was trying to end her relationship with Nuckles.

“We’ve heard it was an on-again, off-again relationship, and we are still looking at history between them,’ Hunton said. “We are still in process of pulling all police reports relating to Nuckles.”

Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, said no one saw the shooting, but the relative who owned the home told investigators Nuckles had just left.

“When the homeowner tried to call 911, Nuckles grabbed her phone and threw it to the ground before leaving the scene on foot,” Baker said.

A Canton police officer arrested Nuckles less than two miles away, walking near the River Ridge apartment complex where he lived with Elrod, Baker said.

“With the assistance of the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Team, investigators searched the woods between the crime scene and where Nuckles was apprehended,” Baker said. “A 9mm handgun, believed to be the murder weapon, was located approximately 50 yards from the crime scene in the woods off Pine Grove Road.”

In addition to the murder charge, Nuckles has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and obstruction of a 911 call, Baker said.

He is being held without bond at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center.

On Christmas Day, Nuckles was arrested in Cobb after he allegedly punched a relative twice in the right side of the man’s face during an argument with Nuckles’ mother, according to an arrest warrant.

Nuckles was also arrested in June 2010 on a felony drug charge and misdemeanor charges of obstruction and giving a false name, according to an arrest warrant.

Five months later, Nuckles was also charged with felony aggravated battery in November 2010. According to an arrest warrant, Nuckles allegedly kicked a man twice in the head and then stood on him, leaving him unconscious and bleeding.

The incident reportedly began when the victim yelled at Nuckles, who was allegedly kicking a car.

In April 2011, Nuckles pleaded guilty to battery and was sentenced to time served in prison and three years’ probation, according to information from the Cobb County Superior Court clerk’s office.

Elrod is survived by a son, her parents, a brother and several family members, according to her obituary.
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MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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July 21, 2012
@superman123: Hello? Murder is NOT, repeat NOT, a "mistake"! Evil is as Evil does and your brother is Evil!
superman123
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July 20, 2012
My brother is not a nuckle head he is human and we all make mistakes ok we as in children need parents to help us not put us down. Golden rule treat others the wau you want them to treat you. That's how I feel about everyone who talks about him and don't.know him as a person
Since You Asked
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July 21, 2012
You gotta be kidding...right? And, as for your "Golden Rule" suggestion...might that also apply to your Nuckle Head brother as well?
Pat H
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July 17, 2012
We need the names of every judge who let this career violent criminal get short time - and are they running for election.
Martin Mathers
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July 17, 2012
I wonder if his diddy was a fence hopper.
Mike in Marietta
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July 17, 2012
At least 10 arrests since 2008 including felony assault, felony aggravated battery and felony drug possession and this guy was not in prison? Hindsight is indeed 20/20 but there is no doubt this person should not have been on the streets.
fuskiegirl21
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July 17, 2012
This animal has a long history of violent behavior and should have been put away a long time ago. Our legal system is broken and overtaxed.
"system"
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July 17, 2012
there is nothing wrong with the "system", it's the judges that we continue to vote for that are doling out light sentences. Why do we never hear the judge's names attached to the sentences they hand out?
Since You Asked
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July 17, 2012
Another example of unmarried women with babies making poor choices. When will they ever learn?
Percentages growing
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July 17, 2012
72% of the black community have children out of wedlock. The number continues to grow due to the men walking out and it has become a generational issue. It has increased over the years due to government entitlements as well. Each time a child is born, that equates to more money. The government needs to stop welfare for babies. It should be required that if you have a child and need WIC, you must have deprovara shots to stop future pregnancy.
@Percentages growing
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July 23, 2012
Anyone who has a juvenile family member on Social Security can get WIC. There are people who have WIC who make $100,000 a year. I think you have a valid point, but I believe you are referring to food stamps and other government gimmies.
West Cobb Resident
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July 17, 2012
Why was this guy even still out on the streets after all these various incidents?
reno88
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July 17, 2012
there's a pic of this einstein in the ajc. looks like a complete gangsta chump that absolutely belongs in the pen. terrible loss for the victim's family.

yet another mental midget that will spend the rest of his days partaking from the ebony sausage buffet.
MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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July 17, 2012
I saw Trevor Nuckle's picture as well...bout the dumbest looking thing I've ever seen.

He gives a new meaning to the phrase "nuckle head".
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