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Suspect arrested in murder that ended with arrest of victim’s wife on marijuana trafficking charge

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Suspect arrested in murder that ended with arrest of victim’s wife on marijuana trafficking charge


The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office says a man accused of participating in the murder of another man at a home on McLendon Drive has been arrested.

Following Teddy Mierzwa’s murder, his wife, Gracie Beavers, was arrested on drug trafficking charges after officers allegedly found a large amount of marijuana in the home.

The Sheriff’s Office says that Brandon Lowe, 37, was arrested on Oct. 17 in connection with the murder.

“On October 17, 2018, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit and U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Mr. Lowe at a business location near Atlanta’s Buckhead community,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “He was transported to the DeKalb County Jail without incident.”

The Sheriff’s Office said no other suspects have been identified. At least one other person is alleged to be involved in the crime.

According to a police report, on Sept. 30 around 2 a.m., Beavers was on the patio smoking a cigarette. She was nodding off when two men – one described as a black male, 6 feet 4 inches tall with a thin build, long dreaded hair, wearing all black, and the other described only as a young black male wearing all black – entered the back yard.

She told police she wrestled with one of the suspects, while the other suspect went inside the home at 1360 McLendon Drive in greater Decatur. A few seconds later she heard a gun shot. Both suspects fled the scene on foot. Mierzwa was shot in the chest. He was transported to the hospital, but died as a result of the wound.

A roommate staying on the property told police he heard Beavers yelling, “Baby get up! Baby get up!” Another roommate told police he had been asleep and hadn’t heard anything. Police said they “found a large sum of narcotics in the residence.”

According to a copy of the arrest warrant obtained by Decaturish, officers say they found 30 pounds of packaged marijuana in multiple shipping boxes addressed to Beavers from a location in Colorado.

Police say Mierzwa’s death was caused by a “drug-related robbery.” That discovery led to Beavers’ arrest on trafficking charges on the night her husband died. Beavers has since been released on bond according to a Go Fund Me account established to pay for Mierzwa’s memorial and Beavers’ legal defense.