The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged a man with murdering two people who were found inside a burning truck Tuesday afternoon. 

Erik Eduardo Cabrea-Lopez was arrested Thursday in Fulton County after a police chase. He is charged with two counts of murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of malice murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of concealing a death, and two counts of tampering with evidence.

The man accused of killing two people and burning their bodies faced a judge Saturday morning and was denied bond. 

Police found the bodies of 29-year-old Joshua Wyatt and 36-year-old Carlos Benford in the bed of a burning pickup truck in Spalding county Tuesday afternoon.

The two men had been reported missing from Henry County on April 11.

Erik Eduardo Cabrealopez

Erik Eduardo Cabrealopez

Authorities responded to reports of a fire on Jackson Road near the Spalding County Butts County line on Tuesday where they found a Chevrolet Z71 pickup truck fully engulfed in flames. As the fire was being extinguished, two bodies were found in the bed of the truck. 

According to reports, the men went to meet a man to discuss a joint business venture and had not been seen since. 

“We are all praying for the families of these two young men whose lives were taken in such as violent and senseless way, Sheriff Darrell Dix said. "We are going to do all we can to make sure that their killer and anyone else that we learn was involved as the investigation continues never sees the light of day as a free man again until the day they die."

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Jean Eddie

Why is it nobody ever ask the most obvious question. White man does a mass shooting, he lives to go to jail. Black man minding his own business, driving along with his children in the car etc. he's so intimidating that the cops have to shoot him.Maybe CBS should look into that.

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