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Takeyia Kentay GUTHRIDGE





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide - Argument over money and her eviction from the family’s home
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: June 11, 2012
Date of arrest: Same day
Date of birth: 1987
Victim profile: Deloise “Dee” Adu, 44 (her mother)
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Jonesboro, Clayton County, Georgia, USA
Status: Sentenced to life in prison without parole on August 22, 2013

Woman emotionless as she gets life without parole for killing mother

By Kathy Jefcoats -

Friday, August 23, 2013

JONESBORO — A Clayton County Superior Court judge described a convicted killer as having a “chilling lack of remorse” for stabbing to death her mother last year in an argument over money and her eviction from the family’s home.

Judge Matthew Simmons followed the state’s recommendation and sentenced Takeyia Guthridge, 25, to life in prison without parole Friday morning. Guthridge was convicted Wednesday of killing Deloise “Dee” Adu, 44, in front of her stepbrother, Frank Adu.

“During the 911 call, she was completely dispassionate,” said Simmons. “There was no difference in her tone of voice than someone reporting an abandoned car at the end of the street. The operator asked her if her mother was breathing, could she tell if she was breathing? Did she want to try CPR? She just said, ‘Nope, I don’t wanna do CPR.’”

In the days leading up to the stabbing, witnesses testified that Guthridge repeated, “I’ll be happy when you’re dead” and “I wish you were dead.”

“It’s obvious she’d been thinking about it for a while,” said Simmons. “This is not a case where someone snapped, that it was done in an instant.”

Simmons said he was unsure if Guthridge had remorse or even the realization of what she’d done. He said he feared she would continue to be a danger to others if she was allowed parole.

“I don’t think anyone is safe if she’s released from custody,” he said. “I don’t think other members of her family would be safe. I would sentence her to life without the possibility of parole for the protection of society and the family.”

Simmons’ words echoed that of Clayton County Executive Assistant District Attorney Jason Green, who tried the case with Assistant District Attorney Brian Ross.

“She still doesn’t care that her mother is dead,” said Green. “She’s completely unfazed, completely unmoved. And the insult of insults, she testifies in court that they went to court and the next thing she knew the police were at the house.”

Prosecutors said Guthridge was angry because her mother had her evicted earlier that day from the family home. The two went to court and a judge ruled Guthridge had seven days to vacate the Jonesboro home. Just before Guthridge attacked her with a serrated kitchen knife, the two argued over gas money Guthridge was trying to get from her mother.

During that argument, according to Frank Adu’s testimony, the older woman accused Guthridge of being a lying, ungrateful daughter. When Guthridge took the stand, she testified simply that she took a nap and found her mother dead when she woke up.

Although Guthridge showed no emotion during either the trial or her sentencing, Adu’s sister, Jeanette Smith, and neighbor Sonja Casey mourned her loss. The two women agreed that justice was served.

“She has shown no remorse whatsoever,” said Smith. “It’s been just awful and it’s sad. We just take one day at a time. This has been the hardest on the family.”

It was to Casey’s house that Frank Adu fled after he found and witnessed his sister stabbing her mother. Casey agreed with the sentence.

“It was the right sentence,” she said. “We’re glad. She is without remorse. We’re glad it’s behind us.”


Woman takes stand, denies killing mother

By Kathy Jefcoats -

August 22, 2013

JONESBORO — A Clayton County jury took about 20 minutes Wednesday afternoon to convict a Jonesboro woman of stabbing to death her mother last year.

Takeyia Guthridge, 25, will be sentenced today at 10 a.m. She faces a minimum of life in prison.

Prosecutor Jason Green said the state was satisfied with the verdict.

“We are very pleased with the verdict and the decisiveness with which the jury rendered it,” he said. “While we think all crimes, no matter how major or minor, deserve serious deliberation, this crime in particular was completely indefensible, horrible and irrefutable.”

Green said he was especially grateful for the swiftness of the decision. He’d asked the jury to not spend a lot of time deliberating, pointing out that the facts called for a quick verdict.

“The speed of their verdict speaks to the jury’s intelligence and powers of discernment,” he said.

Guthridge took the stand Wednesday morning and denied killing Deloise Adu, 44.

In direct contradiction of state witnesses, Guthridge testified that her relationship with Deloise Adu was fine, despite Adu evicting Guthridge from the family home on Carnes Estates Drive in Jonesboro.

“I didn’t have a problem leaving my mother’s house at all,” said Guthridge. “I went to my bedroom to look up shelters, I knew I had seven days to leave. I just got a call for a job as general manager for Burger King and I knew I could stay at a shelter.”

Guthridge testified that she fell asleep with her sister, Jessica, stepbrother Frank Adu, her mother and uncle all in the house.

“I walked out of my room, went downstairs and saw her body lounged on the couch,” she said. “I didn’t want anyone pointing fingers at me because we’d just come from court.”

Defense attorney Alfonso Kraft didn’t ask Guthridge if she killed her mother. Green didn’t cross-examine Guthridge. Kraft didn’t present any other witnesses or testimony.

In his statements to the jury, Kraft asked that they find that the state failed to prove its case and find Guthridge not guilty. He didn’t tell jurors his client was innocent or point the finger of guilt at another person.

Guthridge’s stepbrother, Frank Adu, testified Tuesday to seeing the stabbing.

“She’d already stabbed (Adu) multiple times but (Adu) was still struggling,” said Frank Adu.

Frank Adu, 20, returned to Clayton County from Camp Lejeune, N.C., where he is a Marine, to testify in the murder trial.

Frank Adu told Green he was watching television in the living room when he heard his stepmother screaming for help from the dining room.

Putting himself in Guthridge’s position, Frank Adu demonstrated on Green how she appeared to restrain and stab her mother. Green was seated in the witness chair and Adu put one knee on his lower body and held his upper body with his left arm while pretending to stab him with his right arm.

“She was mad and swung at me while also trying to get back to Mom to stab her again,” said Adu. “I grabbed her hand with the knife and we were both struggling. She wouldn’t let go and the knife broke. I heard my mom tell me to get help, to call 911.”

Adu, who ended up with the blade in his hand while Guthridge had the handle, said Guthridge begged him not to stab her. Adu said he ran with the knife blade in his hand to a neighbor’s house.

Adu said the two women argued over money. Guthridge had asked her mother for gas money so Deloise Adu asked Frank Adu to bring her purse, he testified.

However, the older woman railed against Guthridge, criticizing her for not having a job and refusing to help out around the house, said Adu. Earlier that same day, a Clayton County Magistrate Court judge ordered Guthridge’s evicted from the family home.

“Takeyia asked her if she was going to give her the money and Mom finally said no because Takeyia was ungrateful,” Adu testified. “Takeyia said Mom never helped her and Mom was telling her how often she’d helped her over the years.”

The state’s last witness Wednesday was medical examiner Steven Atkinson of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Atkinson identified photos of Deloise Adu in death and discussed the wounds that she suffered.

Atkinson said the two fatal stab wounds were ones that cut Deloise Adu’s heart, in the aorta and right ventricle.

“Those would have caused extensive bleeding,” he said. “Death would occur within minutes.”

Deloise Adu also suffered wounds to both arms, her face and head, the photos showed.

“The wound above her left eye on her forehead was where the knife went into her scalp, embedded and the tip broke off,” said Atkinson. “It would take a large amount of force to embed into the skull, which is very firm bone.”

Atkinson said the wounds indicated a path of front to back, slightly downward.

“They would be consistent with her being seated and her attacker standing over her,” he said.

During the testimony and displaying of photos, Guthridge sat with her chin resting in her hand. She showed no outward signs of emotional upset.



Jury seated in trial of woman charged in death of mother

By Kathy Jefcoats -

August 20, 2013

JONESBORO — A jury has been seated in the trial of a woman accused of stabbing to death her mother in an argument over her eviction from the family’s home.

Takeyia Kentay Guthridge, 25, of Jonesboro has been held in the Clayton County Jail since her arrest last year in the death of Deloise Adu. Police found Adu inside the family’s Carnes Estates Drive home stabbed multiple times June 11, 2012.

The two women allegedly argued over Adu’s evicting Guthridge out of the family home, said police. Prosecutors said the stabbing happened in front of witnesses.

A jury of 10 women and two men, plus a male alternate, was seated late Monday afternoon. Within minutes, however, a bailiff told Clayton County Superior Court Judge Matthew Simmons there was an issue with one of the jurors.

The female juror told Simmons she is the sole caregiver for her mother, 75, and wondered about being seated for a lengthy trial. However, after briefly questioning her, Simmons said he was confident she would be able to leave her mother for two to three days

Prosecutor Jason Green said his case will likely wrap up by lunchtime Wednesday. Defense attorney Alfonso Kraft said he will have one witness at the most.

After the jurors left for the day, Simmons and the attorneys discussed statements that have the potential to be hearsay testimony. Green said Adu’s widower, Joseph Adu, and stepson Frank Adu could testify that she was scared of her daughter in the days leading up to her death.

“She expressed concern to her stepson less than a week before this happened,” said Green. “And a neighbor also remembers two days before this happened that the victim expressed that Guthridge said she wished her mother was dead.”

Green said the mother changed the locks not only on exterior doors but interior ones out of fear of Guthridge.

Kraft said he thinks the statements constitute “double hearsay.”

“Some of the actual facts contradict what witnesses will say about the victim’s concerns about my client,” he said. “Yes, she changed the locks but she let her into the home. I think there’s a question about their reliability but without knowing exactly what they plan to say, I just don’t know. It’s hard to determine how unreliable they are.”

Simmons said he’d have to hear the testimony before he could rule on whether or not it is hearsay.

“I think I’d have to hear what they have to say first,” he said. “When we get to those witnesses, I’ll rule at that time.”



Jonesboro woman accused of stabbing, killing mother

By Jim Massara -

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bond was denied Tuesday for a Jonesboro woman accused of stabbing her mother to death during an argument at their home.

Takeyia Kentay Guthridge, 24, was charged with murder and aggravated assault Monday night after Clayton County Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at their home on Carnes Estates Drive in Jonesboro.

They found Guthridge’s biological mother, Delouise Rivers Adu, had been stabbed “approximately seven (7) times in the chest, shoulders, head and arm with a kitchen knife,” according to a warrant sworn out by Clayton County Police Detective J. Harris.

Adu was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, where she was pronounced dead at 6:40 p.m.

The alleged stabbing was the culmination of an argument sparked by Adu wanting to move Guthridge out of the house.

According to an affidavit, the two had gone to court earlier Monday in reference to having Guthridge evicted. When they returned home, they began arguing about where Guthridge would live. Guthridge then retrieved a knife from the kitchen and asked for money from Adu. When Adu refused, Guthridge “began to stab her multiple times in the chest.”

Hearing screams, Adu’s husband Frank Adu ran into the room to find Guthridge stabbing her mother while she lay on the sofa. Frank Adu then took the knife from Guthridge as the blade broke off, then ran to a neighbor’s house for help with the blade still in his hand, according to the affidavit.

Guthridge is being held in the Clayton County Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday.



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