State to seek death penalty in slain family case

JACKSON COUNTY - The state will seek the death penalty in the case of an Auburn man indicted in the murder of his two children and the children's mother and grandmother.

District Attorney Richard Bridgeman on Monday afternoon filed notice in Jackson County of the state's intent to seek the death penalty for Henry Lee Stringer, said Camie Thomas, Jackson County Superior Court Clerk.

A Jackson County grand jury indicted Henry Lee Stringer in June in the murders of J'Laine Strickland, 29; J'Laine's children by Stringer, 4-year-old J'Majiuan Tysheim Stringer and 2-year-old J'Lasia Asiyne Stringer; and J'Laine's mother, 67-year-old Evelyn Strickland.

Stringer is also charged with multiple counts of felony murder, malice murder, cruelty to children and arson.

The victims' bodies were found by firefighters inside the family's Hoschton home on Ga. Highway 332 on May 31, 2006. Authorities determined the blaze had been set to conceal the murders.

A week after the alleged murders, Stringer was struck by a train in Buford while walking along the railroad tracks near Broadlawn Cemetery where the family is buried.