Arrest made in slaying
Police not ruling out more suspects in woman's death

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett police have arrested a Flowery Branch man in the shooting death of a 67-year-old Duluth woman last month.

Michael Douglas Fox, 45, is charged with one count of murder in connection with the death of Jerry Ann Elliott. She was found by her husband on Sept. 28, dead of a gunshot wound in the couple's ransacked home at 3959 Abbotts Bridge Road.

Police were tight-lipped Tuesday about the circumstances surrounding Fox's arrest in Flowery Branch late Monday, fearing such details might compromise their investigation.

"I can't go into any details about the case at all," said Gwinnett County Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman. "(Investigators) are still working some leads. There's always the possibility that there could be another suspect."

Spellman wouldn't speculate if Fox knew the Elliott family or what his motive may have been to kill Elliott.

She said investigators followed leads in the case - as well as public tips - that led them to Fox.

Jail records show that Fox has faced charges of violence before in Gwinnett.

He was booked in March 2004 on charges of making terroristic threats and acts, then again in 2006 on a probation violation.

Arrest records indicate Fox is employed as a heavy equipment operator with Plateau Excavation. However, a spokesperson with the Austell-based company said Fox has never worked for Plateau.

Fox's arrest comes less than a week after the slain woman's family declared that any help catching her killer could result in a large cash reward.

Elliott's family reached out to the public Oct. 3, offering a $50,000 reward for information that would put a suspect - or suspects - behind bars.

Spellman said it's too early to know if any money will be rewarded to tipsters who helped point police toward Fox. That decision, she said, will be left up to the family, with input from Gwinnett police investigators and the District Attorney's Office.

"We won't be making a decision on that," Spellman said.

Fox remained Tuesday at the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond. If convicted of murder, he could face the death penalty.