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CONYERS — The trial of a South Carolina suspect captured in Conyers in 2017 ended on the second day after he pleaded guilty to murder June 5.

Jayson Miles, 20, of Aiken, South Carolina, pleaded guilty to taking part in the murder of 74-year-old David Mackie in New Ellenton in 2017, according to an article in the Aiken Standard.

Miles’ co-defendant, Kayla Nicole Moore, 21, of New Ellenton, who was also captured in Conyers, pleaded guilty to Mackie’s murder July 26, 2018, and was given a life sentence.

The judge did not immediately sentence Miles, stating a pre-sentencing report must be filed first and that Miles will receive a sentence in 60 to 90 days.

On April 22, 2017, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the New Ellenton Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire about 10:30 p.m. The 911 caller claimed to hear a “small explosion” and found the trailer next door was fully engulfed in flames, according to an incident report.

Fire crews responded to the scene and entered the trailer, where they found Mackie’s body on the floor in the back bedroom of the trailer. An autopsy found Mackie had died from injuries consistent with “blunt force trauma” and the use of a “sharp force.”

Witnesses told deputies Moore had been staying in the trailer, which was owned by Mackie. The events leading up to Mackie’s murder are not clear, but investigators believe Moore and Miles killed him inside the trailer, which they set on fire in an attempt to hide the evidence.

The two then stole Mackie’s vehicle and fled. After crossing into Georgia, the car broke down, and the two were forced to walk.

On April 23, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office found the stolen vehicle abandoned on the side of the road. A search of the area led to Moore and Miles being found by police at a Waffle House in Conyers.

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office arrested the two on grand larceny charges associated with the stolen vehicle.

On May 5, 2017, Moore and Miles were extradited to the Aiken County detention center, where they were charged and held without bond.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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