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Dacula man indicted in wife's murder

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Gwinnett County grand jury indicted Egbert Courtney on Wednesday, about three months after the Dacula man allegedly shot and killed his wife following a dispute about TV shopping bills.

Courtney, 60, was indicted this week on charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. The charges stem from the death of his wife, Sonia, who police believe was shot twice in the back on March 1, two bullets from Courtney's .38 revolver piercing her lung and spine.

A semi-retired bowling alley manager, Courtney called police himself that morning, confessed and told them he was "upset with (his wife) because she was spending a lot on items on the Home Shopping Network," a detective testified at a previous hearing. He was detained peacefully when authorities responded to the couple's home on Kachina Trail.

Courtney has remained in the Gwinnett County jail since his original arrest. The indictment against him was returned in less than three months, a speedy timeframe for a process that often takes a year or more, especially for capital offenses.