The victim’s boyfriend, whose criminal history includes nine arrests in Cobb County since 2008, is accused of the killing.
Already on probation in Cobb at the time of his arrest according to Cobb Superior Court records, Trevor Nuckles, 21, has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend Dejanirra Elrod, who was shot several times after midnight Sunday, investigators said.
Elrod, who was known as “D.J.,” died after being taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital.
An autopsy report completed Monday showed the victim was shot three times, according to Maj. Ron Hunton, head of criminal investigations for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
Hunton said the investigation showed that a total of six shots were fired at the victim.
Investigators are continuing to examine the relationship between the victim and the suspect, Hunton said.
Residents who know family told the Tribune the victim was trying to break it off with Nuckles at the time of the shooting.
“We’ve heard it was an on again, off again relationship, and we are still looking at history between them,” Hunton said. “We are still in process of pulling all police reports relating to Nuckles.”
Those who live in the area say that Nuckles was known to frequent the Cut, a road off Highway 140 north of Canton where it’s said drug dealers hang out and deals are known to often go down. Over the years a number of raids have occurred at the Cut.
Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, said no one saw the shooting, but the relative who owned the home told investigators Nuckles had just left.
“When the homeowner tried to call 911, Nuckles grabbed her phone and threw it to the ground before leaving the scene on foot,” Baker said.
A Canton police officer arrested Nuckles less than two miles away, walking near the River Ridge apartment complex where he lived with Elrod, Baker said.
“With the assistance of the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Team, investigators searched the woods between the crime scene and where Nuckles was apprehended,” Baker said. “A 9mm handgun, believed to be the murder weapon, was located approximately 50 yards from the crime scene in the woods off Pine Grove Road.”
In addition to the murder charge, Nuckles has also been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and obstruction of a 911 call, Baker said.
He is being held without bond at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center.
On Christmas Day, Nuckles was arrested in Cobb after he allegedly punched a relative twice in the right side of the man’s face during an argument with Nuckles’ mother, according to an arrest warrant obtained by the Tribune.
Nuckles was also arrested in June 2010 on a felony drug charge and misdemeanor charges of obstruction and giving a false name, according to an arrest warrant.
Five months later, Nuckles was also charged with felony aggravated battery in November 2010. According to an arrest warrant, Nuckles allegedly kicked a man twice in the head and then stood on the victim’s head, leaving him unconscious and bleeding from his head.
The incident reportedly began when the victim yelled at Nuckles, who was allegedly kicking a car.
In April 2011, Nuckles pleaded guilty to battery and was sentenced to time served in prison and three years probation, according to information from the Cobb County Superior Court clerk’s office.
Elrod is survived by a son, her parents, a brother and several family members, according to her obituary posted on the Darby Funeral Home website.
A wake will be held for Elrod on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Darby Funeral Home in Canton, followed by a 2 p.m. funeral Saturday at Hickory Log Baptist Church, also in Canton.