Man indicted in killing of Duluth woman, 67

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Flowery Branch man was indicted in the Sept. 28 shooting death of a Duluth woman in her home a week after his arrest in Hall County.

A grand jury ruled this week Michael Douglas Fox, 45, will face charges of murder, felony murder, armed robbery and weapons possession for allegedly killing Jerry Ann Elliot.

The 67-year-old woman was found by her husband in the couple's ransacked home on Abbotts Bridge Road, which they had shared for more than 30 years.

Fox robbed Elliott for a wallet containing her driver's license and an undisclosed amount of money, according to the indictment released Thursday. He faces the felony murder charge for allegedly killing Elliott while robbing her, a felony act.

Fox shot the woman several times in her head and chest with a handgun sometime after 9 a.m., according to an arrest warrant issued Oct. 9.

He was a "business associate" of the Elliotts, although he has an extensive criminal history that includes 39 arrests, the warrant says.

Fox remains in the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond. He could face life in prison or the death penalty for murder, according to Georgia law.

According to the indictment, Fox was convicted in 1993 of voluntary manslaughter in Barrow County.

Fox's arrest came 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.

Investigators followed leads and public tips that led them to Fox, a Gwinnett police spokesperson said.

Jail records show Fox has faced a charge of violence before in Gwinnett.

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