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Mrs. Mayes told investigators that after she saw her husband kill the two in the garage at the Bain home, she drove him, the younger girls and the bodies to Mississippi, according to affidavits filed in court.

Since the manhunt began for Mr. Mayes, people who knew him and the Bains have described him as unusually close to the family and the girls. He was described as a friend of Mr. Bain‘s, and the children considered him an uncle.

In an earlier interview, Ms. Tate’s daughter Bobbi Booth said Mrs. Mayes suspected her husband was having an affair with Mrs. Bain.

Mr. Mayes was often at the Bain home. Authorities said he was spending the night there before the mother and daughters were reported missing so he could help the family pack for a planned move to Tucson, Ariz., and then drive their belongings West.

A Facebook page Mr. Mayes was using under an alias that was confirmed by law enforcement showed several photos of him and the Bain girls. One picture depicts Mr. Mayes and two of the girls smiling, all leaning next to one another cheek to cheek. The page has since been taken down.

Authorities said Alexandria has brown hair and hazel eyes and is 5 feet tall and 105 pounds. Kyliyah has blond hair and brown eyes and is 4 feet tall and 57 pounds.

Mr. Mayes‘ mother-in-law, who lives in Chatsworth, Ga., said she’s known him for 25 years but didn’t approve of him because his family never seemed to stay in one place and he couldn’t hold down a job.

Teresa’s father and I begged her: ‘Do not marry him; do not go off with him; do not live with him,’” she said.

Ms. Tate described her daughter as a slow learner who spent her school life in special education. Mr. Mayes was also incapable of having her own children, she said.

The mother said she believed Mr. Mayes had threatened her daughter and perhaps his own mother, Mary Frances Mayes, who also has been charged with conspiracy to commit especially aggravated kidnapping.

Mary Mayes’ attorney, Terry Dycus, said his client maintains she is not guilty. Mr. Dycus said it was too early to discuss what the mother’s defense would be.

“She agrees with the authorities that he’s possibly dangerous, but her main concern is that the children be returned immediately and safely,” Mr. Dycus said.

Teresa Mayes faces six felony counts in the case: two first-degree murder charges and four especially aggravated kidnapping charges.

“The feelings I have for Adam are as close to hate as I’ll ever come because he’s destroyed not only the Bain family but he’s destroyed my family, too,” Ms. Tate said.

Sheila Burke reported from Nashville, Tenn.