A man suspected of fatally stabbing his adoptive mother in a Thanksgiving Day assault in southeast Georgia was arrested in Florida, police told Fox News Friday.
Justin Michael Spivey, 38, was taken into custody on the town of Pawleys Island, Florida, and was charged with malice murder in the death of 39-year-old Theresa Lake.
Richmond County Sheriff C.J. Humphreys said the accused attack took place around 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving at a home in Ridgeland, a city located about 20 miles north of Savannah.
Fox 46 reports Spivey, a resident of Pawleys Island, was arrested by police and SWAT, after they pulled him over about 2:30 p.m. on a routine traffic stop.
Humphreys said Spivey refused to offer any information, but when asked about the stabbing, he allegedly “put his hands on his head and said, ‘No, I did not do it.’”
The mother of four died from stab wounds.
Police in Georgia say Spivey and his mother had adopted a 3-year-old girl, and he and the child were living with her, along with the mother, in the home.
Investigators said they were looking into several leads to figure out a motive in the killing. They said at least two other children were present at the time of the stabbing, one of whom is the mother’s adoptive son.
An autopsy performed on the mother’s body by the Coroner’s Office is still pending.
Spivey is being held in the Putnam County Jail. A Florida judge ordered he remain in Putnam County while awaiting extradition to Georgia.
The Georgia Department of Human Services is investigating whether spousal or parental rights should be terminated.