AUBURN, Ga. - A Georgia man charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife in an Ingles grocery store parking lot appeared in court Monday afternoon in Barrow County.
“We will transfer this to Superior Court where they will set a bond, if you get a bond, do you understand?” the judge told 50-year-old Darrin Russell.
Russell will remain in the Barrow County Jail in connection with the death of his wife, 51-year-old Dorothy Russell. The shooting happened just before 5 p.m. Friday in Auburn.
Dorothy Russell was a paraprofessional at Auburn Elementary School. A team of counselors was at the school Monday morning to support students and staff members cope with her death.
“She was sassy, bright smiles. One of the second graders said today, I remember her saying ‘Hey girlfriend,’ and always a smile. When I've been working through my emotions this weekend, it's been her bright smile I continue to see, when I close my eyes and think back on her,” said Principal Shawn Williams.
Monday more than 20 counselors were on hand to help student and faculty deal with their loss.
Barrow County, Assistant superintendent Dr. Ken Green, says this is a difficult time, but hearing the stories of Coach Russell bring a smile
“It’s just exciting to see how many lives she touched, and how important she was to our students,” said Dr. Green.
The first Auburn Police Department Officer on scene found Dorothy Russell had been shot in her vehicle, according to police. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Dorothy Russell died at the scene.
A man, later identified as her husband, was seen leaving the area, according to the GBI. Russell was arrested without incident an hour after the shooting by Barrow County Sheriff's deputies, according to authorities.