LAWRENCEVILLE - Police on Thursday said a notoriously rocky relationship ended this week in a 55-year-old man's shooting death.
Gwinnett police found Gary David Earls dead on his living room floor Wednesday night, the victim of an apparent gunshot wound. Within an hour of that discovery, police tracked down his wife, Evelyn Fields-Earls, 52, who had fled the home on foot.
After interrogating her, investigators had sufficient evidence to charge her with killing her husband, and to rule the case a homicide, police said.
Police said the incident wasn't the first time the Earls had butted heads.
"The motive is still under investigation - however, there was an extensive domestic history between them," Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said.
Police said Gary David Earls' daughter found her father Wednesday night in his 655 Amelia Court home and called 911. A witness who saw Evelyn Fields-Earls leaving the scene on foot pointed police toward her.
Spellman said the suspect was apprehended somewhere near the home. She remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.
The Earls' relationship had apparently been tumultuous for some time.
Gary David Earls filed for divorce from his wife on March 9 last year, a case which was later dismissed. He again filed for divorce April 9 this year, but the divorce was not finalized, according to Gwinnett Superior Court records.
Jail records indicate that neither of the two have been arrested in Gwinnett on domestic-related charges.
By Thursday afternoon, the Earls' home - a pale-yellow one-story house perched on a hill - showed no signs of police involvement. A weathered Chevrolet pickup truck advertising E&E Landscaping sat in the driveway. The couple's immediate neighbors didn't answer knocks at their doors.
Reached by telephone, the Earls' daughter, who did not identify herself, said the family had huddled together Thursday to grieve. She declined further comment.
"We're taking it okay, right now," she said.