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Attorney killed by client’s husband in murder-suicide, officials say

A prominent divorce attorney was shot and killed at his law office Wednesday by the husband of a client he was representing, Bartow County officials said. 

Details on what led to the fatal shooting of Antonio B. Mari at his law offices were not released. 

UPDATE: Funeral plans set for Antonio Mari

Authorities were called to the 600 block of North Tennessee, where the law office is located, about 1:30 p.m., Cartersville police Lt. Mike Bettikofer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Officers and Bartow County deputies found Mari shot several times inside the building. He died at the scene. 

During the investigation, investigators determined Walter Samuel Radford left the scene in his Ford pickup truck. Bettikofer said Radford called his wife to notify her of the killing. She then called 911. 

Roughly an hour later, authorities found Radford, 33, of Cartersville, dead at his wife’s home on Willow Bend Drive, Bartow County coroner Joel Guyton told The AJC. Radford’s wife, Cindy, was not at the law office at the time of the shooting. 

According to police, Mari was representing Cindy Radford in her divorce. 

Mari, 41, of Acworth, graduated from the University of Georgia and taught social studies for ten years in Bartow County. 

After graduating law school, Mari opened a firm in Cartersville and opened a location in Cobb County in 2012.

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