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Murder Victim Identified; Arrest Made

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman whose body was found inside her car outside her home in Temple Tuesday. They have also arrested a suspect in her alleged murder.
 
Sheriff Terry Langley says his investigators believe she was murdered by a former boyfriend.
 
24-year old William Denzel Thornton of Austell has been charged with one count of murder relating to the death of 25-year old Jullisa Lanette Cooke.
 
Cooke's body was reportedly discovered by her uncle, early Tuesday morning in her own car, which was parked outside her residence on Grande Bay Drive in Temple.
 
"Deputies arrived to find that she was passed. She had apparently died as the result of multiple stab wounds," Langley told WLBB Radio. "The victim and the alleged offender were in an estranged relationship... we believe they had recently ended a relationship and believe that he attacked her while she was sitting in a vehicle at her residence."
 
Thornton is charged with murder and is without bond in the Carroll County Jail. Langley says other charges are pending.
 
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office leads the investigation. The GBI Crime Unit is also involved. The US Marshals Service apprehended Thornton late Tuesday.
 
According to the Department of Corrections website, Thornton has a criminal history of gang activity.
 
"We continue the investigation and continue following up leads and continue interviews with potential witnesses," Langley said. "Our hearts go out to the family for their loss and we are heartbroken that it happened in such a violent and viscous way."
 
Langley believes that Cooke was a student at the University of West Georgia, and was in the Master's program working towards a degree in the education field.