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2 accused of killing guest who was found on their couch in Cobb County

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A man and a woman who told police that they found a man dead after he fell asleep on their couch are now accused of killing him for his jewelry. But officials have not said yet what is the official cause of the man’s death.

Terry Louis Thomas, 36, and Danielle Matzkow Darby, 43, both of Marietta, were charged with murder during the commission of a felony as well as drug charges, according to the Cobb County police. Darby was in the Cobb County jail Wednesday night and Thomas was arrested in Flint, Michigan on Tuesday, police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said.

The investigation began around 4:45 p.m. when officers responded to the home at 696 Elberta Drive after getting a report of a death, police said.

When they arrived at the home, they found 33-year-old Gharri Nicholas Lawson dead, Pierce said. The two residents told police that Lawson had come to the house around 4 a.m. and had fallen asleep on the couch, he said.

They said when they went to wake him around 4:30 p.m., they discovered that he was dead, Pierce said. But during the course of the investigation, detectives said they discovered evidence to believe that the two were lying.

Investigators said the two allegedly gave the man drugs with the intent of robbing him of a gold chain and pendant. So far, police have not released any details on the relationship between the suspects and the victim.

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