Dewayne David Tanner, 48 of Rome, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife and attempting to kill his mother-in-law on Monday.

Reports said that Tanner was given a life sentence, plus 25 years on additional charges  after pleading guilty.


For the second time in a year Dewayne David Tanner’s expected guilty plea for murdering his wife failed to happen this week.

Reports stated that before appearing in court Tanner cut his head and face with a razor blade, and as a result will have to undergo a mental evaluation.  Authorities said that Tanner had been given a razor to shave for his court hearing on Wednesday. When officers returned to get the razor he was found with the cuts to his head and face.

The evaluation will determine if Tanner is able to stand trial and if he is a danger to himself.

Tanner is accused of shooting and killing his wife, Stephanie Tanner, and then turning the gun on his mother-in-law, Beverly Broach, and shooting her four times back on May 28, 2015.

When police arrived they found Tanner deceased, but Broach was found alive, but in serious condition.

A man hunt was quickly dispatched before Tanner was discovered at Cartersville Medical Center where he was receiving treatment.


The suspect in a deadly double shooting on Thursday night has been arrested. Dwayne David Tanner was arrested in Bartow County at Cartersville Medical Center around 2 am. Reports said that Tanner opened fire on a mother and daughter outside a home at 1560 Fosters Mill Road in Rome.

Stephanie Tanner, 41, the wife of the shooter, was killed. Tanner`s mother-in-law, Beverly Broach, is listed in stable condition and is being treated at Floyd Medical Center.
Tanner, 45, has been charged with murder, two counts of aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Reports added that the suspects car was located at a nearby shopping center.

Officials said that the call came in around 8 pm and offers spent hours processing the home and searching for the suspect.