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Northwest Ga. Man Facing Murder Charges in Couple's Death

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Posted at 7:29 AM, Feb 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-25 07:29:00-05

ROME, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a northwest Georgia man is facing two counts of murder in the Jan. 23 killings of a Floyd County couple.

Police say 27-year-old Emerson Mack Abbott Jr. of Floyd County was arrested Tuesday on the murder counts.

Floyd County Police Chief Bill Shiflett has said that 71-year-old Myra Reeves and 69-year-old James Reeves had been shot.

The Rome News-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1LGlQ2 ) that Abbott was initially arrested Feb. 12 and charged with felony theft by deception and released on that charge later that day.

Warrants state that Abbott obtained $7,500 for labor and equipment from Myra Reeves after she contracted with him to do some tree work. The warrants state that Abbott never did the work and "had no intention to do so."

It wasn't known early Wednesday whether Abbott has an attorney.

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Information from: Rome News-Tribune, http://www.romenews-tribune.com