Hardegree

NEWELL - A Franklin, Ga., man was taken into custody on Sunday night in Newnan, Ga., charged with attempted murder in Randolph County.

Jason Scott Hardegree, 39, is in Coweta County Jail in Newnan, charged as a fugitive from justice. He will be charged here with attempted murder, first-degree domestic violence, unlawful imprisonment, reckless endangerment and menacing.

A Franklin woman told law enforcement officers in Randolph County that on Oct. 2 Hardegree and his friend, Austin Max Walker, 20, of 500 County Rd. 19, Woodland, drove her down a dirt road and took her into the woods where they beat her. Then they threw her back into the truck.

Next they went to Walker's relative's property also on County Road 19 where Hardegree attempted several times to drown the woman in a pond.

The victim told authorities they beat her from lunch to 6 or 7 p.m. that day. Then she was held hostage at Walker's residence until Oct. 7 when she was finally able to get away and report it.

Walker was arrested on Oct. 10 and charged with menacing, reckless endangerment, first-degree attempt to assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and two counts of failure to appear in court.

Law enforcement in Coweta County learned of Hardegree's whereabouts. He was taken into custody by the Coweta County SWAT team, assisted by the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force of Atlanta.

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