In Newnan, 1 suspect in custody after 6 murder victims discovered in 4 days

Nicholas Martez Nelson. Photos/Coweta County Jail.
Nicholas Martez Nelson. Photos/Coweta County Jail.

Tuesday Update: A Nov. 10 joint press conference by the Newnan Police Department and the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office noted that Nicholas Martez Nelson, 38, of Newnan, has been charged in the murder of four Newnan adults, with charges pending on two additional murders.

Newnan Police Deputy Chief Mark Cooper said that physical evidence and the bodies of three Newnan residents were found on Nov. 8 in Room 117 of the Motel 6 on Herring Road.

The deceased included 32-year-old Tangela Molden, 58-year-old Monte Ballard and 37-year-old Michael Lang.

Referencing the six murder victims, Cooper said there was some kind of relationship between Nelson and the victims, adding that a motive for the killings is not currently known.


Original story, Nov. 9: Thirty-eight-year-old Newnan resident Nicholas Martez Nelson has been charged by Newnan police and the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office in four murders and is being investigated in two others. The six bodies, with each of the individuals dying of gunshot wounds, were discovered over a four-day period from Nov. 5-8

Three of the bodies were found at the Motel 6 on Herring Road, two were found at a residence on East Broad Street and the sixth body was found in a parking lot on Dowdell Street.

Newnan Police Department Dep. Chief Mark Cooper said officers on Nov. 5 at 7:58 p.m. were dispatched to 267 East Broad Street on a report of “shots fired – person down.”

“Upon arrival, officers located two male victims outside the side door that were suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene,” said Cooper.

Cooper said the victims were identified as Willie Edward Bussie, III, 39, and Kevin Duane Robbins, 43.

Newnan police on Nov. 7 at 5:24 p.m. were dispatched to 11 Dowdell Street for a “shots fired – person down.”

“Upon arrival, officers located one male victim laying in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds,” said Cooper. “The victim was pronounced dead at a local area hospital. The victim was identified as Warner Mandrel Parks, 39,” Cooper said.

Cooper noted that a description of the vehicle used by the shooter was given as a gray Ford Crown Victoria. Soon after the Saturday incident, officers located a gray Ford Crown Victoria at The Red Roof Inn on Bullsboro Drive in Newnan. The vehicle owner, Nicholas Martez Nelson was located and taken in to custody for questioning. He was later charged with murder for Parks’ death, Cooper said.

While investigating the double homicide of Bussie and Robbins, preliminary investigations point towards Nelson being the shooter as well. Further investigatory steps are being taken to determine if charges can be made, Cooper said.

Then on Nov. 9, the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office released a statement indicating that deputies on Nov. 8 responded to a welfare check at the Motel 6 on Herring Road off Bullsboro Drive.

“Three bodies were discovered on scene, all victims of gunshot wounds. All victims are local to this area, names are being withheld at this time,” the press release said. “Nicholas Martez Nelson is being charged with four counts of murder, with more charges pending.”

The investigation by Newnan police and the Coweta sheriff’s investigators is ongoing.

Anyone with information pertaining to these incidents is asked to contact Newnan Detectives at 770-254-2355 or Coweta County Investigators at 770-253-1502.