Man charged in mother's murder appears in court

- A Cobb County man was ordered to be held without bond Monday in the shooting death of this mother, 61-year-old Carol Hess.

Justin Hess, 31, made his first court appearance Monday on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault. His next court date is scheduled for January 10, 2017. 

Cobb County Police responded to a call on Saturday evening at Mulberry Farms that shots were fired at 403 Bridle Path Northeast in Marietta. Police arrived on the scene and found a 61-year-old female deceased.

Her son, 31-year-old Justin Hess, lives with her, but was not home when police arrived, according authorities. Cobb County Police issued a lookout for him Saturday evening.  And Sunday morning, officers received a call that Hess was back at the residence.

SWAT arrived and later arrested Hess after a police standoff.

According to Cobb County PIO Sgt. Dana Pierce, authorities arrested Hess without incident.

Pierce added that Hess is also suspected in a homicide in Sandy Springs.  Sandy Springs Police responded to a report of an unconscious male at the Extra Space Storage off Roswell Road on Saturday night. Emergency Media Services responded and determined that the male was deceased.

Officers discovered the victim's car was missing and found an additional vehicle left behind. Police have learned that the missing vehicle was located at the initial homicide location in Cobb County.

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