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Arrests made in deaths of young couple in Powder Springs

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. (WXIA) -- Police have made a second arrest in the deaths of a Lithia Springs couple shot to death in front of their three year old daughter. 

Police arrested Demarco Thomas, 22, on multiple charges including violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and concealing the death of another after the shooting deaths of Anthony Joseph Costner, 24, and Catherine Amanda Costner, 22.

The two were found shot in a Pontiac Grand Am on Aug. 6 in the area of Parks and Sharon drives in Powder Springs, about six miles from their home in Lithia Springs. Anthony Costner was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene and Catherine was shot at least once and transported to a hospital where she died.

After Thomas was taken into custody, Powder Springs Police Chief John Robison released the name of the first person arrested, Roy Hicks, 39, of Smyrna, Ga. Hicks was arrested two days after the shooting. Police suspect that Hicks is the one who shot and killed the couple.  Chief Robision said that Hicks is recovering from a gunshot wound which is believed to have occurred during the shooting of the couple.  Robison would not discuss any details about how HIcks was shot, or who shot him.

Hicks is facing multiple charges that include murder, aggravated assault and possession of a gun by a felon.

"This was not a random crime," Chief Robison said.  "Our investigation has led us to believe that the victims had planned to meet with Mr. Hicks prior to the murders.... One of the possible theories would be that it may have been drug related, but we can't say that for certain, right now, as we continue to investigate that... We have very strong evidence that shows communication between the parties, and a meet-up time and location."

In a news conference at Powder Springs Police Headquarters late Friday afternoon, Chief  Robison said he could not disclose details of what happened, because of the ongoing nature of their investigation.  He did confirm that the daughter of the two victims was unharmed and is currently with family.

"It was a miracle that that three year old little girl was unharmed," Robison said, "and that, out of all of this, that she was okay."

Robison said he does not anticipate any additional arrests, but would not rule out that possibility, depending on what the on-going investigation turns up.

Robison also said that detectives tried to speak with three year old girl about what happened, but said that the information that led them to the two suspects did not come from anything they learned from her.

As they continue to investigate, police are hoping the public can help them find one key piece of evidence that could help them close this case.

That evidence, according to Chief Robision, is the vehicle that Hicks and Thomas were in at the time of the murders.  The vehicle passed within view of a security camera in the area.

It is a silver 2005 Cadillac SRX, Georgia Tag PYA 9002.

Anyone with information about the vehicle is asked to call police at 770-943-1616 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

This is the first murder reported in the city of Powder Springs since 2013.