Stephen Oliver Heller, 31, of Marietta, was taken into custody on a suspended license charge Thursday after police say they received calls about a vehicle driving erratically off Georgia Highway 120 that matched the description of the suspect’s car at the scene.
Witnesses in the upscale Roswell neighborhood off Pine Grove Road where the shooting occurred heard more than five gunshots around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, according to Officer Zachary Frommer, Roswell police spokesman.
Police say Nicholas Farrell Abry and Spencer David Long, both 20, were sitting in Long’s Mazda SUV at the time of the incident.
The two were parked outside a house on Lynwood Drive, where Abry was a resident, investigators say.
Frommer said it is believed Heller arrived at the scene and shot both men through the passenger window before fleeing in his charcoal gray Audi sedan. Heller is believed to have been an acquaintance of the two victims, Frommer added.
After locating Heller’s Audi in the parking lot of a Kroger shopping center off Marietta Highway that afternoon, police say they arrested Heller on the suspended license charge and held him at the Roswell Detention Center while they continued to work on the murder investigation.
“At the time, it was not immediately clear that the Audi and sole occupant, Heller, was involved in the homicides and officers and detectives were following up on multiple leads with other similar Audi vehicles,” Frommer explained.
Upon subsequent investigation, police say they found the gun they suspect Heller used in the shooting, as well as the paper temporary tag from his vehicle in the woods near the scene.
Frommer said police issued arrest warrants for the murders early Friday morning.
“They had some sort of dispute over money,” Frommer said. “It looks like there is some sort of drug involvement, probably, but we’re still looking into it.”
Fulton County sheriff’s records indicate Heller has been booked into the county jail nine times since he was 18, on charges ranging from DUI to obstruction to, most recently, battery/family violence, the latter for which he served nine days for between April and May of this year.
Frommer said Heller remains at the Roswell Detention Center on homicide charges, but will be moved to the Fulton County Jail at an unknown time.