A Georgia police officer and his wife, who had taken her 16-year-old brother into their home recently, died Monday morning after cops say the teen stabbed them both to death.
The brutal murders of Savannah Police officer Luis Molina, 53, and his wife Akia Molina, 28, happened around 6am Monday in their quiet, private neighborhood of Palmetto Cove on Wilmington Island.
The stabbing began in the couple’s home at the end of a well kept cul-de-sac. Police believe Luis was trying to run to a neighbor’s for help as they found Akia dead inside the home and Luis was found dead on a neighbor’s property.
Police arrested Akia’s 16-year-old brother Michael Barber, who they say is being charged as an adult for two felony counts of murder.
Savannah Police officer Luis Molina, 53, and his wife Akia Molina, 28 (both pictured) were found stabbed to death Monday morning. Police have arrested Akia’s 16-year-old brother and charged him as an adult with felony murder
The brutal slaying of Savannah Police officer Luis Molina and his wife Akia Molina, happened in their home in their quiet, private neighborhood on Wilmington Island. Police say Akia’s 16-year-old brother, Michael Barber, has been charged as an adult with two felony murder counts
By Monday night, WSAV reported that HAZMAT crews were seen entering and exiting the couple’s home at around 11pm.
The teen was booked into the Savannah Regional Youth Detention Center Monday afternoon.
Neighbors told WTOC Barber hadn’t been living with the couple for very long.
Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley said that this was not the first time the police were at the couple’s home in recent weeks.
‘We had responded to that home in the last several weeks, it was some type of domestic situation, but I don’t have more information on that’ Chief Hadley said.
‘We believe the suspect was the brother of the female. This happened at six-in-the-morning which is unusual for this type of crime.’
Hadley added officer’s arrested the suspect who they found outside of the couple’s home.
Police would not elaborate on if the teen confessed or if they had a motive as of yet for the brutal slaying of his sister, and his police officer brother-in-law
A police procession leads a van from a home on Wilmington Island after officer Luis Molina and his wife, Akia Molina, were found stabbed to death Monday
‘It’s hard to turn off those emotions for our officers. It’s a tough day in Chatham County for law enforcement, for sure,’ Chief Hadley added, saying they will be leading the investigation as the Savannah Police Department handles the loss of one of their own.
‘We are saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of a Savannah police officer and his wife,’ the Savannah Police Department said in a statement.
‘His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers. Savannah PD is continuing to work with and cooperate with the ongoing investigation into this incident by Chatham County Police Department.’
Savannah Police officers escorted the officer away with a motorcade.