Published On: Thu, Jul 23rd, 2015

Georgia murder suicide leaves Matthew Fields dead after killing Rebecca Manning, her two kids

Forsyth County deputies reported that Tuesday night Rebecca Manning told authorities that “No, nothing’s going on,” as the neighbors saw and heard an argument.

Manning said nothing had happened between her and her estranged husband, Matthew Kyle Fields, the sheriff’s office said to the press. The woman and her two sons were murdered hours later with Manning’s father shot, clinging to life.

Fields didn’t answer his cellphone or return a message left by a deputy, Major Rick Doyle said. But shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday, Fields returned to the home, firing multiple shots, authorities said. When he was done, four people, including Fields, were dead and a 75-year-old man, Jerry Manning, remained hospitalized..

Fields, 32, called his mother in Dawson County to say he’d shot four people and planned to kill himself, though she tried to convince him not to do it, according to the preliminary incident report.

Fields’s stepfather called 911 to report the shootings. By the time deputies arrived again at the home, Fields was dead along with his wife’s two young sons, authorities said.

“He’s dead,” she yelled, according to the preliminary report obtained by The AJC.

Smith brothers boys killed in murder suicide

Jared and Jacob Smith photo/ supplied

Manning was taken to a hospital, but did not survive, authorities said. Jacob Smith, 9, and Jared Smith, 8, died in the shooting.

Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper said that Fields had no motive for the shooting spree during a 10 a.m. news briefing.

“As the investigation goes on, of course, we hope to find some type of motive,” Piper said. “There’s no reason that any of us are ever going to understand to wipe out an entire family. We have absolutely no clue at this moment what precipitated it.”

Fields’ criminal history spans through three counties, but he never served time in prison. In 2003, he was convicted of burglary and sentenced to probation. The following year, he was convicted of forgery in Dawson County, records showed.

In Forsyth County, Fields was charged with more than a dozen misdemeanors since 1999, court records showed.




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