Alec McNaughton arrested for wife’s death

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Alec Bryant McNaughton

By ELIZABETH RICHARDSON erichardson@newnan.com Alec Bryant McNaughton, 60, was charged Friday by Coweta County Sheriff’s Office officials with the Feb. 15 stabbing murder of his wife, 54-year-old Cathy Mendenhall McNaughton. McNaughton was taken into custody at the sheriff’s office after he came to speak with investigators Friday at approximately 11 a.m. He is being held at the Coweta County Jail without bond pending his first appearance hearing.
“We are very confident in the case we have — we’ve got many hours in this investigation — and we look forward to moving this case into the courts,” said Sheriff Mike Yeager. “The investigation continues. Anyone with information about this crime should contact Inv. Jason Fetner or Agent Larry Duren with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.” Yeager added that law enforcement officials have not yet identified a murder weapon. To his knowledge, he said, the sheriff’s office had never responded to a domestic call to the McNaughton residence. On Feb. 15, Alec McNaughton called Coweta 911 at 7:37 p.m. from his home, located at 12 Portage Lane off Palmetto-Tyrone Road in north Coweta. He told police he had arrived home to find his wife “unresponsive and bleeding.” Coweta EMS and sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene and located Cathy McNaughton in a back room of the residence. She was pronounced dead at the scene, and her body was transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Atlanta crime lab for autopsy. Autopsy results listed McNaughton’s official cause of death as “sharp force injuries to the torso,” according to Coweta County Coroner Ray Yeager. Major James Yarbrough later confirmed that Cathy McNaughton had been stabbed more than one time. Alec McNaughton is a former director of attorney recruitment for Cambridge Partners, an Atlanta legal search and staffing firm, according to published reports. Cathy McNaughton was reportedly a former employee of Delta Air Lines.

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