Ex-wife charged in death of husband's new fiancée

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 53-year old woman.

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Two suspects have been arrested in connection to the murder of a 53-year-old woman. 

Police said James Jerome Lloyd, 31, out of Milton and Petra Elvira Reese, 55, were both arrested on Feb. 28, and charged with murder of of Karen Lee LaForge.  

According to investigators, Reese is the ex-wife of Joe Reese, the victim's fiancée. Lloyd is a known associate of Petra.   

An investigation into LaForge’s murder began on the afternoon of Jan. 17, when Roswell Police officers were dispatched to a person down call at 505 Tyson Circle.

When police arrived, LaForge was laying dead on the ground by the side of the home. 

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Police said leading up to the arrests, they worked with the victim’s friends and family to find leads. Investigators also said they worked worked with witnesses from the City of Milton to gather information.

11Alive's Duffie Dixon was at the scene of the investigation Thursday and spoke to neighbors who told her they're not totally surprised by the news.

"Pretty much the minute I found out she was the girlfriend, I figured it was probably the ex-wife here or perhaps an angry husband or boyfriend," one neighbor told 11Alive.

Police believe Reese and Lloyd were the only ones responsible for the murder of LaForge and do not anticipate any additional arrests. 

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