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Local murder investigation featured on Discovery
Murder Calls episode aired Jan. 23
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Lt. Jennifer Wright of the Dawson County Sheriffs Office criminal investigations department talks about investigating the Dawsonville-based murders of Jennifer and Paul Budrawich in a new series by Investigation Discovery. The episode aired on Monday. - photo by For the Dawson County News

Dawsonville residents were able to view a television episode on Monday that detailed the investigation of two murders that occurred in the county in December of 2009.

A new series on Investigation Discovery, "Murder Calls" uses real-life 911 calls to frame stories of how investigators pieced together information to solve murders.

The Jan. 23 episode, entitled "Down by the River," features a 911 call made to Dawson County dispatch on Dec. 19, 2009. The call was made by 22-year-old Jennifer Budrawich, whose body was pulled from the Amicalola River the following day.

The body of her husband, 35-year-old Paul Budrawich was found in the river on Dec. 21. Both had been shot and killed and their murderers were on the loose.

Jennifer Budrawich's stepfather Jesse James Kilgore and his nephew Benjamin Kelly Mullinax were quickly apprehended and sentenced for the murders of the couple.

Interviewed for the episode were then-Sgt. Jennifer Wright of the sheriff's office criminal investigations department, District Attorney Lee Darragh and then-Maj. John Cagle.

The episode aired Monday at 10 p.m. on Investigation Discovery. Residents can check to see what channel future episodes will be featured on.

The episode contains actual audio of the 911 call. Due to the disturbing content, viewer discretion is advised.