ESTRANGED BOYFRIEND PLEADS GUILTY TO MURDERING GIRLFRIEND AND HER DAUGHTER
9-Month-Old Baby’s Life Spared During Slaying
Decatur, Ga.- DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announces a conviction by guilty plea in the double homicide case involving a mother and daughter. During what was scheduled to be a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday, 41-year-old Michael Thornton instead entered a guilty plea to charges of Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, Cruelty to Children in the Third Degree, and weapons offenses for the shooting death of his estranged girlfriend Tasharina Fluker, 41, and her daughter Jazania Myles, 25.
The victims’ bodies were discovered by a relative on March 22, 2017 inside Ms. Fluker’s Parkway Trail home in Lithonia. Fluker was found in an upstairs bathroom with a fatal gunshot wound to the side of her head. Her daughter, Jazania, was found at the base of the stairs with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. Her nine-month-old baby was discovered nearby uninjured. According to the investigation, the victims were shot and killed shortly after Ms. Fluker returned home after a night out with friends in celebration of her upcoming birthday the following day. Phone records indicate Defendant Thornton called the victim more than two dozen times while she was out. She did not answer his calls. Fluker had recently broken up with the Defendant.
Defendant Thornton returned to the scene of the crime while investigators were still on site. He told authorities the two women “jumped” on him following an argument and that he shot them after Ms. Fluker waved a gun at him. Authorities, however, say the evidence did not support the Defendant’s claims. Thornton was immediately taken into custody.
Following his guilty plea before DeKalb Superior Court Judge Gail Flake, Defendant Thornton was sentenced to two consecutive life terms.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Yolanda Mack, head of the District Attorney’s Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Unit, with assistance from DA Investigator Brook Wandel. Detective D.M. McBride of the DeKalb Police Department led the initial investigation.