Georgia men charged in killings of Alabama women whose bodies were found under bridge by highway workers

Published 4:15 pm Monday, October 11, 2021

Two Georgia men were jailed on murder charges in the deaths of two half sisters who were killed in Alabama and dumped off a bridge last year, news outlets reported.

Devon Lashawn Watts, 37, and Christopher Leedarius Pullen, 24, both of Rome, Georgia, were booked into the Cherokee County Jail on Friday, Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver said. A third man, Desmond Brown, also is charged with murder and awaiting transfer to Alabama.

The three are accused in the shooting deaths of Vanita Richardson, 18, and Truvenia Campbell, 30, who were allegedly killed in a dispute over a wallet. Investigators believe the group left a party in Georgia and drove into Alabama, where the shootings occurred.

The women’s bodies were found beneath a bridge in Rome by highway workers getting ready to perform an inspection on May 13, 2020.

Court documents didn’t list the name of an attorney who could speak on behalf of Pullen, and records weren’t yet available for the other two men.

The men have been in custody in Georgia since last year, and charges were initiated in Alabama once authorities determined the women died there.