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Second Suspect in Peabody Double Murder Arrested in SC

Wes Doughty is the second suspect in the double murder of 37-year-old Mark Greenlaw and 39-year-old Jennifer O'Connor



    Suspect in Peabody Double Murder Arrested in SC

    The suspect was found begging for money outside a McDonald's restaurant.

    (Published Friday, Feb. 24, 2017)

    Massachusetts State Police say the second suspect in a gruesome double murder in Peabody, Massachusetts last weekend was arrested in South Carolina on Friday after six days on the run.

    Wes Doughty, 39, had last been seen in Boston on Wednesday night. He was reportedly caught by the Spartanburg Sheriff's Department at 3:30 p.m. Friday after being questioned as a panhandler outside of a McDonald's. 

    After police ran his name, they discovered he had a warrant out for his arrest and took him into custody. 

    Doughty is one of two suspects charged in the double murder of 37-year-old Mark Greenlaw and 39-year-old Jennifer O'Connor at 19 Farm Ave. in Peabody on Saturday.

    Peabody Double Murder InvestigationPeabody Double Murder Investigation

    Authorities say Doughty will be arraigned Monday in South Carolina and could be back in Massachusetts sometime next week to face charges.

    Michael Hebb, 45, of Peabody, was arraigned on Tuesday after being taken into custody without incident at the Maple Village Condos on Monday.

    Police had warned that Doughty was considered armed and dangerous after he carjacked a vehicle outside of Hailey's Restaurant in Middleton, Massachusetts on Wednesday night. He was found with the stolen vehicle in South Carolina on Friday.

    The carjacking victim, Ken Metz, was tied up with a seatbelt while being threatened with a knife while Doughty drove for three hours toward Boston. Metz was unharmed and said that Doughty told him "I can’t kill you" after Metz told Doughty about his family.

    Metz was able to escape when the suspect pulled into a parking lot behind Hollywood Liquors, which is when he was able to untie himself and run into Good Eats on Tremont Street for help.

    Metz said Doughty told him that he killed the couple because they had given heroin to his godfather.

    A statement from O'Connor family from Julie Trueira, sister of Jennifer O'Connor, reads, "My family and I are feeling a sense of relief tonight knowing that Wes has been caught. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the law enforcement officers who have spent countless hours trying to find him. We now have some closure."

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    (Published Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017)

    Also on Friday, Massachusetts State Police searched a marsh in Peabody for evidence related to last Saturday's double murder. The search took place Friday afternoon near Interstate 95 in Peabody, not far from the murder scene.

    Aerial footage showed a number of police cruisers parked along the wooded, swampy area, and four officers could be seen trudging through the marshy area as part of the search.

    Police wouldn't say what they found, only that they accomplished what they set out to do with the search.

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