Holly Springs man arrested in 2001 Georgia homicide

Cristiano Tavares Laureano
Cristiano Tavares Laureano

A Holly Springs man was being held on $5 million bail Monday after state officials arrested him on a warrant accusing him of stabbing a man in Roswell, Ga., in 2001 and burning the body.

Cristiano Tavares Laureano, 36, was arrested at his home before dawn Friday by officers from the state’s Division of Community Corrections, records showed.

Laureano is accused of stabbing 35-year-old Jose Urias Almeida in the chest at an apartment in Roswell, just north of Atlanta, during an argument on Nov. 21, 2001.

Laureano had come to the U.S. from Brazil in April 2000, according to an affidavit filed by a Fulton County police officer to get an arrest warrant. His sister came to the U.S. in the same month with Almeida and their two children, Officer Roger Peace said, but she and Almeida were living in separate homes.

Laureano was at his sister’s apartment when Almeida came to visit the children, and they were in a heated argument when the sister, whose name is now Elisangela McCord, came back from an errand.

After Peace found McCord living in Cumming, Ga., last month, she told him that she saw her brother stab Almeida in the chest “about two or three times”

Laureano told his screaming sister that she would be in trouble because she was there, and he got her to help him take Almeida’s body away in her van.

According to the sister’s account, Laureano took the body into some woods in Sandy Springs, Ga., and lit a fire. Almeida’s body was found later that morning, burned, with duct tape over his mouth and eyes, Peace said.

The case remained a “John Doe” homicide until authorities identified the body two years ago and the investigation resumed, Peace said.

Laureano was arrested at his home at 116 Marleton Way.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT