Cobb County police arrested 67-year-old David Rex York Jr. at about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday in the death of his wife, Lynn York, 66. Police say a man who identified himself as Lynn York’s husband called 911 and told a dispatcher his wife had been shot.
When police arrived, they found Lynn York dead from gunshot wounds in the home in the 4,200 block of Bishop Lake Road near Johnson Ferry Road.
David York Jr. is charged with aggravated assault and murder, and is being held without bond at the Cobb County jail.
Police have not released a possible motive.
The affluent house decorated meticulously with pumpkins and other Halloween decorations showed no signs on Monday afternoon that a death had taken place in the home over the weekend. Window blinds were open, ceiling fans blowing and landscapers worked on the front lawn.
A few houses down on the winding, tree-lined road, Mara Miller was in disbelief. She knew the Yorks well and had the “highest regard for these people.”
Calling the shooting a tragedy, Miller said she has lived near the couple for the past 17 years and they had become friends.
“They’ve been in my home for social activity,” Miller said. “We go to the same church.”
Miller returned from church on Sunday morning to find activity at the Yorks’ home down the road.
“The first thing I think about is, did David have a heart attack, but it was more than that,” Miller said.
She had offered her condolences to the family and said they were asking for privacy.
David Powers also lives near the home where police say the shooting took place and described the Yorks as “the sweetest couple.”
David York Jr. was in poor health and spent most of his time in a wheelchair, Powers said, and his wife was his caregiver.
Lynn York waved when she drove by Powers’ home and would occasionally stop to chat.
“It’s stuff you see on the news and until it happens down from your home you don’t really think about it,” Powers said.