Leesburg man admits to murdering wife

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) – Investigators filed malice murder charges Tuesday morning against a Leesburg man who police say admitted to killing his wife. He'll have his first appearance before a judge Tuesday afternoon.

Chief Charles Moore says Anthony Scott shot his wife Cathy Scott four times.

Police were called to a shooting at a home near the corner Old Smithville Road and River Road around 7 o'clock Monday night.

"According to some of the neighbors, they were out in the yard and they heard a lady scream and heard a gunshot. That's when someone called 911 and said they heard gunshots in the area," said Leesburg Police Chief Charles Moore.

Arriving officers found Cathy Scott lying on the carport suffering from gunshot wounds to her head, chest, and stomach. Her husband, Anthony, was sitting in a chair on the same carport where she laid dying.

"It's rare. I can't remember the last time Leesburg had something like this," Moore said.

Cathy Scott was alive when paramedics arrived. They rushed her to Phoebe Putney Hospital where she later died. Investigators say Anthony Scott told them he also stabbed her with a screw driver.

"Never imagined this was going to happen. If anyone told me that, I wouldn't have believed them," said Johnny Jackson.

He has lived across the street from the Scott's for many years. They were God parents to his daughter and like family.

"I saw her this afternoon when she came in from work. I hadn't seen him but he called me this morning. We always talked and chatted."

Anthony Scott was taken into custody at the scene and questioned at the Lee County Sheriff's Office. Neighbors say the Scott's are in their 50's and both worked together at MCLB Albany.

As family arrived at the scene Monday night, many broke down in tears after learning that Cathy Scott didn't survive. The quiet neighborhood which was home to the seemingly happy couple for 6 years is left now wondering what happened between the two that brought on this violent and deadly act.

"We're praying for both families. Everybody. That's what we all should do. It's just sad," said Jackson.

The GBI was called into assist with the investigation. Agents obtained a search warrant on the home late Monday, but have not released a motive.

Scott's body was taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Macon for an autopsy.

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