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UPDATE: Suspect, Victim in Dacula Homicide Identified

Egbert Courtney, 60, has been arrested in connection with the death of his wife, 58-year-old Sonia Courtney.

UPDATED March 1 at 7:35 p.m.

Police have now identified the woman killed in a Friday morning domestic-related homicide as 58-year-old Sonia Courtney.

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Police were called to the 2600 block of Kachina Trail in the Apalachee Heritage subdivision in Dacula on Friday, March 1, at 10:07 a.m. by Courtney's husband, Egbert Courtney, 60. Upon arrival, officers found Sonia Courtney dead of an apparent gun shot wound.

Gwinnett County Police Department public information officer Cpl. Jake Smith said Egbert Courtney was cooperative and taken into custody without incident.

According to a media release issued Friday evening, detectives determined the shooting occurred in the wake of a domestic dispute. Smith indicated the details of the argument and shooting will not be released prior to trial.

Egbert Courtney has been charged with aggravated assault, felony murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.  

He remains jailed without bond.

The victim's next of kin have been notified.

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Mitch March 01, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Is this Kachina Terrace NE (in subdivision off Fence Rd)? My google maps does not show a Kachina Trail in Dacula.
Kristi Reed (Editor) March 01, 2013 at 04:57 PM
It is Kachina Trail in Apalachee Heritage. You can find it on Mapquest: http://www.mapquest.com/directions#b28335b905bf3b8795b0ad3a
Mitch March 01, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Okay, that is the same street. I guess Google is calling it Terrace instead of Trail. Same difference. Thanks!
Marie Bedgood March 01, 2013 at 07:54 PM
I live in that subdivision and it is Kachina Trail. This is so sad and disturbing.
Yvonne Collins March 01, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Much prayer for the family!! They were a loving couple
Gumdrop March 02, 2013 at 07:03 PM
OMG, you guys are worried about where the street is located? Get a grip. This is a completed, one time event. The suspect is in custody and has admitted to the offense, case closed. What are you planning on doing a drive by to see if you can see the blood stains. Just pray for the loss and move alone.
Cynthia Montgomery March 04, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Kristi, Wasn't this face seen last month for domestic abuse? His face looks like I have seen it on this sight before. Gumdrop. people want to know where a crime is committed for various reasons. One might be to see how close crime has come to their own street. Another may be because they know some bit of information about the crime but want to be sure of the location before they notify the police. Another reason is because maybe their children had a play date with this family. Another reason might be that this families children might be on their children's sport's team and they may not know the family all that well but maybe dropped of the victim's child after sports one time. Of course there are those who just can't get their head around the fact that men kill their wives here in Dacula and need to see the home for themselves to find anything that will say,"Yes, maybe it could happen to them but surely not to me!" Loosing another woman to domestic abuse is horrible. The entire family is changed for the worse including the killer's family. Many time people will decide to become involved in a positive program or even begin their own program after being affected greatly by such a horrible event. Many programs and charities are now in place because some caring person can not just "MOVE ALONG" Thank God for the many who are touched by tragic events and make something positive come from it.
Brenda D Lee March 10, 2013 at 05:49 PM
We will pray for the families and give them the privacy that is needed. This is such a tragedy.
Sheila March 12, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Yvonne, We have just Found out here in England and so sorry to hear about the Tragic events. Our paryers are with you Dorothy Sheila and the family.
Sabrina Gordon April 19, 2013 at 11:52 PM
I HOPE THAT HE GETS CONVICTED FOR DOING SUCH A CRIME.BTW i think that it is kind of his wife that caused the problem ,in some ways .I GUESS

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