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Cobb Duo Face Murder, Drug Charges

Man, woman charged in death of man found dead on their Marietta home's couch in March.

Danielle Matzkow Darby. Credit: Cobb County jail
Danielle Matzkow Darby. Credit: Cobb County jail
Cobb police say that a Marietta man and woman, who previously told authorities that a man feel asleep on their couch and later died, have now been charged in the 33-year-old’s death.

In an email, Sgt. Dana Pierce said that on March 18, 2014, police were called to a home located in the 600 block of Elberta Drive in Marietta. When they arrived, they were met by the home’s occupants, who told them that the deceased male, identified as Gharri Nicholas Lawson, had come to the house at approximately 4 a.m. and had fallen asleep on the couch. When they went to wake him at approximately 4:30 p.m. that day, they discovered that he was deceased.

As detectives continued their investigation, it was determined that the home's residents, Terry Louis Thomas and Danielle Matzkow Darby, gave drugs to Lawson with the intent of robbing him of a gold chain and gold pendant.

As a result, investigators have charged Thomas, 36, and Darby, 43, with murder during the commission of a felony and drug charges.

Darby is currently in custody without bond at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center and Thomas was taken into custody without incident in Flint, Mich., on Tuesday.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 770-499-3945.

Pam J June 05, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Has the public water supply been laced with some kind of drug? I swear, people are getting meaner every day. Killing babies, killing old people, killing someone because you want their gold chain and gold pendant.
Octo Slash June 06, 2014 at 08:16 AM
"Hey honey, are you sure that's enough roofies to knock him out?" 'Maybe you're right dear, better throw in a few more. Boy if this isn't the best idea we've EVER had!'
mlj143143 June 07, 2014 at 01:14 PM
He was our best friend.. I knew him my whole life.. God have mercy on these 2 jerks souls
Lone Stranger June 10, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Yep Pam J is right. Whats the deal with people these days? Everyone has gone nuts it seems.

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