Cruelty charges brought in stabbing

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A grand jury saw fit this week to lodge additional charges of child cruelty against a Lawrenceville man accused of fatally stabbing his wife on Valentine's Day in plain view of their young daughters.

Chad Dunn, 28, is accused of killing his estranged wife, Shelley, 27, on Feb. 14 during a custody swap in the parking lot of a Suwanee Wal-Mart.

In addition to murder charges, Dunn now faces counts of aggravated assault and third-degree child cruelty, the latter for allegedly knifing his wife in front of their daughters, ages 8 and 6.

The alleged murder weapon, a kitchen knife, belonged to Dunn's mother, who had driven him and his children to the Wal-Mart in his Chevrolet truck, police have said.

An autopsy revealed three stabs wounds in Shelley Dunn's back. She died from massive internal bleeding.

Chad Dunn was hospitalized for two self-inflicted stabs wounds to his chest that caused only minor injuries, police said.

The killing capped a tumultuous month in which Dunn had been jailed for beating his wife, and she'd moved out and began dating again, according to testimony in an earlier hearing.

Dunn remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

Alleged Ferrari driver indicted

In other actions, the grand jury handed down an indictment charging Lilburn resident Todd Willoughby with two counts of homicide by vehicle in a fiery crash on New Year's Day 2009.

Police believe Willoughby was behind the wheel of a yellow 1995 Ferrari 348 Spider when it slipped off Harmony Grove Road, struck a culvert and ejected both men inside.

Willoughby's passenger, Russell Hays, 32, of Auburn, was partially trapped beneath the car, which caught fire and burned both men, police said.

Hays died at the scene, while Willoughby allegedly fled on foot. He was found by authorities a short time later and transported to a burn unit at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Investigators initially thought Hays was driving, but later developed evidence that put Willoughby behind the wheel, police have said.

Willoughby, an American Street Machines employee who owned the exotic vehicle, turned himself in last August.

The indictment released this week charges Willoughby with two counts of homicide by vehicle, one on the basis that he was driving under the influence of alcohol, the other that he was driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed.

Willoughby was released shortly after his arrest on $38,200 bond.