Two tenants are accused of murdering their landlord after she came to collect the rent – and attempting to move her body moments after cops visited them.

Swainsboro Police Chief Randy J. Ellison has said that Conney Faye Mercer-Webb, 53, was brutally stabbed and shot to death Wednesday, September 8.

Police in Georgia, US, say that Nathaniel David and his wife LaShawna were only caught after the landlord's son saw them reportedly carting the body away just after the local cops had visited the home.

The son alerted the police as they were walking away from the property, and after a short chase on foot, both Nathaniel and LaShawna were caught, arrested, and placed in custody.

Although Ms Mercer-Webb was killed between 9.30am and 10am, police only caught the pair at 6.30pm.

Following reports that Ms Mercer-Webb's car had crashed near to the home, officers traced the landlord's footsteps to the Davids' house.

The couple said that their landlord had come to collect the rent earlier that day, but she had not come inside.

It was after this conversation that Ms Mercer-Webb's son spotted the couple allegedly attempting to move the body from the back of the house. The body was later found behind the residence according to police.

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Swainsboro Police Department said: “It became apparent to officers on scene that the suspects, now in custody, were attempting to dispose of the body when they were observed by the victim’s son.”

The David's are being held in Emanuel County jail on charges of murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a sawed-off shotgun, police said.

The case is still under investigation by the Swainsboro Police Department.

Mercer-Webb’s body will be transported today to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab for examination, according to Coroner Jeffrey Peebles.

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