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Suwanee man faces murder, arson charges

LAWRENCEVILLE - The legal process lumbers on for a Suwanee man accused of killing his girlfriend in October and attempting to burn her body.

David Robert Norton was indicted this week on charges - including murder and arson - stemming from the Oct. 30 killing.

Police said Norton shot his girlfriend, Amy Lee Ayer, in the back of the head and attempted to burn down her Lawrenceville home while her body was in an upstairs bedroom.

Ayer's teenage sons came home from school to find the 3040 Sentinel Parkway house ablaze and called police, investigators said at the time.

Norton was arrested at a Days Inn Suites on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Norcross less than 24 hours after authorities discovered the woman's body.

All told, Norton faces seven different charges, according to an indictment released Thursday. They include aggravated assault, firearms charges and attempting to conceal another person's death.

If convicted of murder, Norton could face life in prison or the death penalty, according to Georgia law. His arraignment is expected within a month.

Investigators have not commented on a possible motive in the case.

The suspect worked as a graphic designer for an automotive marketing company in Atlanta.