Police: Atlanta newlywed shot to death by husband

Published November 1, 2010

ATLANTA (AP) -- Neighbors and co-workers of an Atlanta newlywed were stunned by her weekend slaying, and by the arrest of her new husband who was naked when police found him outside the couple's house.

"I'm totally shocked out of my mind," next-door neighbor Cynthia Jenrette said Monday. "It's just unbelievable."

Police say 29-year-old Minchillo McLester fatally shot his 25-year-old wife Madison McLester shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday after the couple returned from a Halloween party. He is charged with murder. The pair had just married Oct. 10.

Police say they have no motive in the killing.

Officers found Minchillo McLester wearing no clothes in a park across the street from the light blue house the couple shared.

Another neighbor, Terry Brown, said he couldn't understand the killing. Minchillo McLester, who legally changed his last name from Clark last year, always seemed like a nice guy and never seemed angry or under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, Brown said.

"He was a very cool guy," Brown said. "I was proud of them. They were a young couple who just got married and they were doing so well. They seemed like lovebirds."

The two seemed completely in love and never showed a sign of problems, Jenrette said.

"They were a very sweet couple," she said. "We loved them. They were like our children, they used to come over to the house to eat."

Madison McLester, whose name before she married was Roarabaugh, graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in accounting in December 2007. She was immediately hired by Georgia Pacific, where she had had an internship.

She was a well-liked, well-respected employee who worked well with her colleagues in the company's accounting department, said company spokesman Greg Guest. The company brought in counselors Monday to help her colleagues cope with her death.

Minchillo McLester was being held without bond Monday in the Fulton County jail. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.

Written by <P class="ap-story-p">By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press</P>

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