Man, girlfriend indicted for grandfather's death

Casey Collins

Casey Collins


Sarah Cook

A Cobb County grand jury this week indicted a Mabelton couple in the May death of the man’s 78-year-old grandfather.

The Marietta Daily Journal reported that Casey Ryan Collins, 30, and Sarah Elizabeth Cook, 23, were indicted on murder, armed robbery and other charges in the death of Edward Smith of Lilburn. Thursday’s indictment accuses Collins and Cook of strangling Smith with a belt and stabbing him while he was in his truck.

Collins and Cook have been held at the Cobb County jail without bond since their arrests May 7 by Cobb Police.

Collins and Cook are charged with malice murder, felony murder, four counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and concealing the death of another.

After Smith was reported missing on May 5, authorities learned that the pair had been the last people in contact with Smith on May 2, “further investigation discovered that Collins and Cook were in possession of Smith’s vehicle” at about 1 p.m. that day, about four hours after they reported having their final contact with him.

Cobb County police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce previously told the Daily Post how detectives linked the couple to the murder.

“The good use of technology and good investigative work,” he said.

The couple also allegedly took the Lilburn man’s wallet and drove his truck around metro Atlanta for several hours. With Smith’s body still inside, they abandoned the vehicle in southern Cobb County, not far from their Mableton home, where the original assault allegedly occurred.