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Georgia Man Allegedly Burns His Girlfriend’s Body After She Finds Out He’s Married

A 23-year-old mother is dead after discovering her live-in boyfriend married another woman. The Georgia man police identified as Michael EdwardsHe is accused of murder Briana Winston and then burned her body. They reportedly had a child together.

Clayton County police released details about the disturbing case on Monday (May 13), according to PEOPLE. It had been about a month since her family reported her missing after losing contact with her in mid-March.

Authorities arrested Edwards after a man provided details about Briana’s disappearance earlier this month. Michale Edwards is charged with aggravated assault, first degree murder, aggravated murder and tampering with evidence.

What did the man from Georgia do to Briana Winston?

Meanwhile, the unnamed man requested immunity in the case in return for the gruesome information. He revealed that he helped Edwards dispose of Briana’s body after he killed her on March 17. That day, she reportedly confronted her boyfriend about cheating.

Amid the argument, Lt. Ashanti Marbury said Edwards “suffocated” Briana Winston and then stuffed her lifeless body into a suitcase. The man then drove from Georgia to Gates, Tennessee – over 400 miles from Clayton County. Together, the men placed Winston’s body in a fire barrel and set it on fire with an accelerant. Police claim they left the body to burn for hours until only “skeletal remains” remained of the 23-year-old.

“Then they smashed Briana’s bones with a shovel to speed up the combustion process,” Lt. Marbury at Monday’s press conference.

Both men then distributed their remains in different locations. The Georgia man (her ex-boyfriend) was distributing them along Interstate 40 in Tennessee. Meanwhile, his accomplice dumped some of her remains in a cemetery behind a church.

Who else was involved in the case?

From the beginning, Edwards was a person interested in the missing persons case. According to a police statement, during Briana’s disappearance her family discovered that Michale had completely cleaned out their shared apartment.

Police first interviewed him on April 4 after arresting him on aggravated stalking charges, in violation of a protection order against Winston.

The next day, his wife, Brienna Phillips EdwardsHe was also detained for allegedly making false statements to police.

It is unclear what the statements were, but Lt. Marbury says Edwards turned the crime into a “family affair” by getting his parents involved. His wife allegedly helped by providing Edwards with the car to transport Briana’s body.

“We found out about that in this interview on April 5th [Brienna] “I had secretly married Michale on January 25, 2024 and no one knew they were married,” said Lt. Marbury.

Check out her photos below.

The Georgia man’s mother, Ebony Anderson, and brother, Keilan Wright, are also behind bars for conspiracy to tamper with evidence. In a recorded jailhouse call, Edwards instructed them to burn a pair of shoes and gloves he allegedly wore during the crime.

This is a developing story.

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