A Cobb County grand jury has indicted five individuals in connection to the death of a Smyrna man who went missing in late May and whose body was found in Paulding County.
Thadeshia Bettyann Clark, Omar Rasheed Savior, Abby Constance Hanna, Christopher Dorian Hanna and Jonathan Matthew Wilkes were indicted in connection to the murder of 35-year-old Howard L. Sewell Jr., an employee of Van Michael Salon in Sandy Springs who had been missing since leaving his Smyrna apartment May 29.
Sewell’s body was found June 3 dumped just off Marietta Highway behind the Gerber Auto Body Shop, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Ashley Henson said previously. Sewell’s family had reported him missing to Cobb County police two days earlier.
Marietta Police in June announced the arrests of 21-year-old Savior of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and 20-year-old Clark of Hampton, Virginia. Warrants allege that the two at about 2 a.m. May 30 conspired to lure Sewell to an apartment on the 1800 block of Roswell Road and rob him. Sewell was shot during the robbery and died, according to warrants taken out of the two.
Sewell’s remains were later taken to Paulding where they were burned.
Warrants against the other three, who all reside in Marietta, allege their involvement in the case following Sewell’s death. Authorities believe Abby Hanna, 21, concealed Sewell’s death inside the residence for about two days, while the 24-year-old Wilkes is alleged to have assisted with the removal of Sewell’s remains from the apartment.
Christopher Hanna, 29, is believed to have aided in cleaning the crime scene and providing cleaning products to mask the location of Sewell’s death in order to conceal it from law enforcement, according to the warrant against him.
Following an indictment, the next step is traditionally an arraignment, where defendants are formally read the charges against them and they can enter a plea.