Grovetown double homicide investigation: family and police chief speak out

Wednesday, April 3rd 2024, 10:57 PM EDT

GROVETOWN, Ga (WFXG) - Family members told FOX54 that they could not wrap their heads around their loved one's deaths. One of their main concerns is the kids that were left behind. 

Monday Morning authorities were called to a house fire on Newmantown Road. According to the press release, three people were inside the home but only one survived. 

After, the fire was put out and law enforcement started investigating the scene, Chief Jamey Kitchens with Grovetown's Police Department, says that's when everything changed. 

"At that point, we knew this was no longer a fire investigation... this was going to be a homicide investigation." Chief Kitchens explained.

That lone survivor is 32-year-old Donald Beck, who has been charged with first-degree arson and two counts of murder. His alleged victims are 47-year-old Karen Boswell and her son. Both were found inside the home burned and with knife wounds.

"When the bodies were moved the weapons were discovered. The fire appears to be intentionally set in the vicinity of the bodies." Chief Kitchens said.

FOX54 spoke with Chad Mattox who shares two children with Boswell. He took his son by the house to see the aftermath.

"Just coming back out and seeing start replaying everything in the back of your head and just seeing how horrific it is," Mattox explained.

Sources tell FOX54 that several other children lived in that house. One out of two kids that are shared with Mattox lived in that home. During the time of the fire, the other children were at school. 

"I don't even want to think about what else could have happened," Mattox stated.

Mattox has started a GoFundMe page where all proceeds will be split between the remaining children.

This investigation is still ongoing, and we will continue to follow this story. 

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