Crystal Durant: Pregnant Woman Stabbed To Death In Marietta, Georgia; Husband Held
Crystal Durant was a 38-year-old Atlanta-area mother of six looking forward to motherhood anew when her life was cut short.
Authorities in Cobb County, Georgia say Durant's husband has been arrested and charged after investigators found the victim deceased in her Marietta home with multiple stab wounds to her head and neck. She was eight weeks pregnant.
Authorities responding to the incident found her husband, Elvin Durant, in the garage covered in blood, according to Fox 5 Atlanta. He is charged with felony murder as well as feticide.
The grisly slaying happened about 2 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2018, according to news reports.
Some of Durant's children were home at the time of the slaying, including 19-year-old Jakeem Battle, who reportedly tried to protect his mother during the attack. The teen suffered a wound to his leg.
Relatives said they didn't know the extent of trouble inside the home. "We were all together just 4 weeks ago planning a family reunion. She was so full of energy, very vibrant, very positive and honest person, she was loved and she will be missed truly by all of us," Lula Battle, the victim's cousin, told Fox 5.
. Investigators say she had been stabbed several times in the head and neck. Police say she was 8 weeks pregnant. "Mr. Durant will also be charged with feticide because her death caused the death of the baby," said Cobb County Police Officer Sarah O'Hara.
Crystal's cousin, Lula Battle, says Crystal had 6 children, including young twins. "She brightened up our family, she had a heart of gold, always laughing. She was a wonderful mother of 6, who now have to live without her," said Battle.
Authorities said the unborn child was the husband’s.
Here are some domestic violence centers in Marietta, Georgia.
Family Promise Cobb County: 1823 Blackwell Rd, Marietta, GA 30066 Phone/Fax 678-594-3150