June 21, 2019 Canton - Melody Farris leaves after first appearance before Chief Judge James Drane at Cherokee County Magistrate Court in Cherokee County Detention Center in Canton on Friday, June 21, 2019. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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Wife charged in attorney husband’s death makes first court appearance

Dressed in prison scrubs, Melody Farris made her first court appearance Friday afternoon on charges she shot and killed her husband, an attorney, then burned his body.

Handcuffed and looking noticeably tired and scared, the 59-year-old Cherokee County woman chose not to hear the charges against her: Malice murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and concealing the death of another. 

June 21, 2019 Canton - Melody Farris appears with her attorney Michael Ray (foreground) for first appearance before Chief Judge James Drane at Cherokee County Magistrate Court in Cherokee County Detention Center in Canton on Friday, June 21, 2019.  She is accused of killing her husband, attorney Gary Farris. . HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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One of the couple’s sons found his father’s remains last July on the family’s 10-acre property, and investigators quickly zeroed in on his longtime wife. She was arrested Tuesday while visiting a family friend in Tennessee.

Gary Farris, 58, was an attorney in the Atlanta office of Burr and Foreman

Authorities have released few details about the evidence against Melody Farris. That could come June 28th if a preliminary hearing in the case proceeds as scheduled.

Outside the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center, one of her attorneys, Michael Ray, said Farris is eager to see that evidence.

Human remains found on a Cherokee County property were those of a prominent metro Atlanta Gary Farris, authorities said. 
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“She’s a little down right now, a little concerned,” Ray said following Friday’s court appearance. “It’s like someone in shock.”

Through her lawyers, she has maintained her innocence.

As she faces the fight of her life, Melody Farris will do so without much family support. In an exclusive interview, the couple’s oldest son, Chris Farris, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution “a majority” of his siblings do not buy their mother’s claim of innocence.

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