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Man indicted in ax murder

LAWRENCEVILLE - The legal process continues for a Norcross man accused of killing his girlfriend with an ax during a Valentine's Day rampage.

A Superior Court Grand Jury indicted Shannon Alan Marlow, 33, this week on charges he killed his live-in girlfriend, Patricia Rabold, 47, by repeatedly striking her in the head with a chopping tool.

The incident triggered a 12-hour standoff between Marlow and Gwinnett police SWAT officers at the victim's Edgemoor Drive home. A detective later testified that Marlow admitted to the killing, saying he struck Rabold with the tool then drove her Saturn to the Tucker area to indulge in a drug binge.

Marlow faces charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and theft by receiving stolen property. He remains without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail. His arraignment is expected within a month.

The theft charge alleges Marlow stole a Saab vehicle from DeKalb County and parked it in the victim's driveway. Police received a tip about the stolen car leading them to the home the night of Feb. 14. They secured a warrant and entered the residence to arrest Marlow when they found the woman's bloodied body in the foyer, an orange-handled axe next to her.

Police backed out, unsure if Marlow was armed inside the home. After 12 hours, SWAT officers entered the home and found Marlow in an attic, unarmed, the detective testified.

Medical investigators believe Rabold was killed days prior to the discovery of her body, the detective said. The indictment says Rabold was murdered sometime between Feb. 8 and 14.