Police investigating death of Powder Springs man
by Rachel Gray
October 23, 2013 04:47 PM | 15205 views | 22 22 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print

David Scott, 34, of Powder Springs was found dead in his home by the Cobb County Police Department, which was responding to a 911 call at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Family and friends gathered around the home Wednesday afternoon, tying balloons with smiley faces and red hearts to the mailbox.<br>Staff/Rachel Gray
David Scott, 34, of Powder Springs was found dead in his home by the Cobb County Police Department, which was responding to a 911 call at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Family and friends gathered around the home Wednesday afternoon, tying balloons with smiley faces and red hearts to the mailbox.
Staff/Rachel Gray
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MARIETTA — Family members were in shock as they grieved the loss of David Scott, 34, who was found dead in his home in a rural area northwest of Powder Springs on Tuesday afternoon.

A neighbor called 911 to report “a person down” and the Cobb County Police Department found the body inside, according to Sgt. Dana Pierce.

Investigators are not releasing the cause of death until the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office conducts an autopsy, Pierce said.

Many cars and trucks were parked outside the home Wednesday afternoon. Inside, friends and relatives were there to grieve with his wife and family. His wife and his brother were not ready to talk about the tragedy.

One unnamed woman who answered the door said Scott was a good father to his six kids and was a youth football coach.

A relative of Scott’s was tying balloons with yellow smiley faces and red hearts that said “I love you” to the mailbox post.

“He did not deserve this,” said the relative, who did not want to be named.

Neighborhood watch

Scott’s home is part of the Melrose Square subdivision off Florence Road, which curves around large lots with sprawling ranch homes tucked behind ornate fences.

Just past the entrance of the subdivision, filled with two-story homes with small porches, is a neighborhood watch sign.

A Melrose Square resident, who lives a block away from the Scott family, said he recently moved to the area from Louisiana based on a recommendation from his wife’s cousin who called Powder Springs a “nice and quiet place.”

The neighbor, who did not wish to be named, said the neighborhood is mostly safe, especially compared to Atlanta where the man commutes for work.

“You get more bang for your buck here,” the neighbor said.

However, the neighbor added he was leery of Scott, who would have packages mailed to other homes in the subdivision, then collect the packages from mailboxes while neighbors were at work during the day.

Scott was arrested in October 2009 on charges of intent to distribute marijuana, felony obstruction and driving with a suspended license.

Scott was arrested again on March 28 on two misdemeanor charges of alleged battery and disorderly conduct.

Tyler Moses, who also lives in Powder Springs, drove past Scott’s home, worried that the man killed could be a friend of his from a tennis group. It turned out Moses’ friend is a different man with the name David Scott.

Moses, who lives across Macland Road two miles away from Melrose Square, said he is not concerned about crime in the area because it is rare for a murder to be committed nearby.

“Things happen. You can’t live in fear,” Moses said.

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A friend of his
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November 04, 2013
Please understand something, we all have our faults and may not have done everything in his life the way it should be but who are we to judge. The point of the matter is that he is now dead and he has 6 beautiful children that he was a great father to. Whomever said the he was sending packages to other people's house, why are you just now saying something about it? You should have been said something don't wait until now, You may have gotten one of the so called packages for all we know. D Scott is a friend, his wife is a friend and I love the kids. R.I.P and Skee and I miss you!
da3mademe
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October 30, 2013
he was very cool he would take us and his kids to a pool near by . he didnt deserve it he was a good father to his young and was a great father figure to me you will be missed david RIP
M Town Vet
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October 28, 2013
People will always say things about others until its them the ones who have to suffer. He was a great man, father and his actions were the same as every other man out here. Whatever we have to do to feed our kids we will but killing someone is not the way. RIP David Scott The whole town is missing you bro
mysis
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October 27, 2013
No matter how a person lived their life, they still should not be murdered!!If you DON'T know the facts to what happened then keep your DAMN MOUTH CLOSED!!! All I know is that he was a good and fun person to be around. I WILL BE SOOOOOO GLAD WEN PPL LEARN TO MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS AND GET THE FACTS AND NOT THE RUMORS! RIP DAVID keep on smiling and my prayers go out to you and the family. Whoever did this just know that WHAT'S DONE IN THE DARK COMES TO THE LIGHT!!!! U REAP WHAT YOU SEW!!!!!!
hisA1ladysinceday1
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October 25, 2013
This man nor his family deserve the pain that has been forced upon them his past has NOTHING to do with his untimely death this was a father,son,uncle,friend,coach,nephew,grandson,husband just a humble man with a giving sole and as far as the neighbors that were so leary kill that foolery cause if you were that concerned it would have been brought up before now and who are these people that there word is solid.his life style had nothing to do with why he was murdered.if you don't have facts about this man please don't make rude remarks.Rest for ever in peace SKII.
Cobb Resident
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October 25, 2013
It's a shame that you would try to shed negative light on an individual who's life was taken from them. Him being arrested in 2009 doesn't have a thing to do with what just happened in 2013. If you ask me the neighbor should be considered a suspect, you seen suspicious activity going on and didn't report it and now that the person got murdered you wanna tell something. D Scott was a good dude and I hope whoever did this is found and put behind bars for a very long time, death would be too east of an out for them
Behind the Scenes
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October 25, 2013
I am just sitting here reading all of your comments...and it's funny how all of these people have immediately jumped on the bandwagon that D Scott was a "bad" person. So many people have agreed with the neighbor who was "leery" of him. Why was that neighbor at home everyday watching what Mr. Scott was doing "around" the neighborhood? And if he was so "leery" why did he never report anything to his neighbors or the police? Stop bashing people who can't defend themselves. Each one of you pointing a finger at Mr. Scott have at least 10 pointed back at you. A sin is a sin, no matter how big or how little. At the end of the day a father, brother, son, friend and husband lost his life at the hands of someone else who decided to be Judge and Jury. I am so glad God is nothing like man. RIP David.
A friend of his
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November 04, 2013
Thank You!!
Nobodycares
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October 25, 2013
First of all, lets be real, the article posted provided an insight on little of his background, relative to the case or not, wrong is wrong and him being killed was wrong! However, he did do somethings that OBVIOUSLY led to him being killed. It's sad because I too lost my father when I was 9 years old tragically the same way! But, for every action, there is a reaction. His actions put him where he is. Hopefully there is justice for the family sake. RIP brotha.
Team Parent
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October 26, 2013
You OBVIOUSLY know nothing about this man, his actions were being a wonderful father and a dedicated coach, and his actions did not put him where he is, another man decided to take his life. Rip Dave we miss you
N Curtis
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October 25, 2013
I don't even know this man, only through a grieving friend of his. I can't really believe that you publish this article in such a manner!
Cobb County Citizen
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October 24, 2013
I agree with the comment from MARIETTA RESIDENT. What does a person's criminal background have to do with you letting the community know that they person was murdered. There could be a serial killer on the loose and residents could let their guard down based on the assumptions that are made by your posting the criminal background. Who's to say it had anything to do with that. And the neighbor who said that he got packages at other houses, why report that now when he is dead instead of when he was alive. you all should have some decency in reporting things. RIP sir and my condolences to the family
Marietta Resident
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October 24, 2013
My sympathy to this young man's family and six children, this is such a sad tragedy to see this happening more frequent in the quaint communities around Cobb County that are booming with growth. I do have one question that really edge me, why is it that when something of such occurs, the MDJ have to make it be known of someone's criminal background or arrest record? In retrospect, that has nothing at all to do with this young man's life being taken by obviously someone else. Have some respect MDJ for this grieving family!
My brother's brother
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October 24, 2013
I agree with you if you want to put his criminal background up also put up the positive things. Like how great of a father he was, or what he gave back to his community, or how he treated people, or how he would lift someone spirits up whenever he came around. I had alot respect for MDJ, but they threw a wrench on this one. RIP David Scott Love you Brother
unknown02
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October 24, 2013
Marietta Resident, it does have to do with this story, b/c he was most likely murdered b/c of the things he was involved in.

QUOTE: "However, the neighbor added he was leery of Scott, who would have packages mailed to other homes in the subdivision, then collect the packages from mailboxes while neighbors were at work during the day."

If you are NOT involved in illegal issues then why can't "your packages" be delivered to your house?

It at least gives an answer to other neighbors that there was a reason for this happening and not just routine violence happening in their neighborhood. Think about it!!

arrestrecord
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October 24, 2013
You're kidding, right? Of course it's tragic that this man died and leaves behind SIX children. But any insight as to the kind of life he lived and shady background he may have had sheds a little light on the situation. The neighbors are probably terrified at the thought of a killer on the loose. But if they're told a little bit about the victim and his past, it may put their minds at ease. Like the family in Norcross. They made it sound like it was a random and innocent killing of the teenager playing video games. Lo and behold, the dad was a raging drug dealer and they were looking for him and his stash of cash and drugs. Sadly, his innocent son was collateral. Moral of the story: Don't get arrested for stuff and you won't have it printed in the newspaper.
J Zachary
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October 24, 2013
This story is very misleading, for those of you who didnt know David, he was a great father, and great friend to many. MDJ is trying to justify his death which is so wrong. David will be truely missed by many and most importantly his children and family is suffering and in grief.

Rest In Paradise D. Scott
Fellow Coach
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October 24, 2013
I agree 100 %. Irresponsible for MDJ to print this background, what does that have to do with your report? Unless you are reporting the complete investigation, results, etc. why print this? Irresponsible journalism and not the first time I have seen it from your writers. Reminds me why I do not read your paper...
Marietta_Resident
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October 24, 2013
I agree with the previous comment. I do not think that a prior arrest record is necessary. It does not validate a murder. Point blank. People make mistakes and people change, no need to pour his record all over the news.
The answer
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October 24, 2013
I believe they gave his background information because its probably relative to the case. As the neighbor said he got packages delivered to other neighbors and got them out of their mailboxes while they were at work. Although a tragedy, I think there is more to the story.
I agree
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October 25, 2013
AMEN!!
Don't believe evryth
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October 26, 2013
I doubt they did it because it has something to do with why he was killed. They probably have NO CLUE why he was killed at this point, the police may know, but not the paper!!!!! They did it because they have no morals or ethics in regards to their writing and sadly we live in a society more interested in seeing the bad than the good in people., so the paper is all about the $$$ They could have put more importance on how much of a great father he was, and how dedicated he was to his football team and community, coaching 4 days a week and flying from 1 game to the next. It's a good thing that those who know him know the truth. We miss and love you Dave
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